Psalm 71:8-9 – My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendour all day long. Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone. (NIV)
Retiring must be hardest for those who have given their lives to serving others. Dad had a heart condition and was forced to retire from the ministry. He had been a carpenter as well. He had carpentry tools and the practical knowledge, but he wanted to witness — which he did! Any comment was an opening for him to tell someone about the Saviour. He led Bible studies and encouraged new pastors.
His talents in both carpentry and witnessing were used until close to ninety-two years of age. At eighty-six, he made "Jesus" plaques. These are wooden plaques where light coloured strips appear to be Chinese characters. If one looks between the light strips, one will see that the darker area says "Jesus". A missionary friend took most of them as gifts to Malaysia, Australia, and various other places. On the back of each one, he had the reference in Luke 24:16 and 31, where Jesus walked on the road to Emmaus and no one recognized Him. Dad made 600 "Jesus" plaques. All of his family members and many friends have one.
He is gone from us now, but we are reminded to look to Jesus when we see the plaques. What a grand legacy he left us, by combining his practical knowledge with spiritual clues!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for believing parents and retired workers who are still active. We pray for those whose health will not permit such activity. Comfort them and help us to be aware of their needs and to encourage them as they remain prayer warriors. We praise You. Amen.