ONE BY-PRODUCT of awareness of our mortality is an appreciation for the importance of each day. For Ted, a retired pastor and academician, the later years of his professional life were busy. He retained his preretirement pace in the months following his retirement. Then, during Ted’s annual physical, his doctor discovered a serious medical problem that required major surgery, an extended period of recovery, and limited activity. Even though Ted eventually returned to good health, this experience profoundly affected his outlook. In his words, “I used to take every new day for granted. Now I realize that each new day is a gift of God’s grace; and it is this day I need to focus on. It is full of possibilities—not just responsibilities—for relationships and for surprises.”
—R. Jack Hansen and Jerry P. Haas
Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement (Upper Room Books, 2010).
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Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
—Genesis 1:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, As I advance through the stages of life, help me grow in the wisdom without losing the joy, play, imagination, and childlike trust you gifted me with in my early years. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room or share it in the comment section.
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