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Not many years ago, I dreaded the thought of retirement. So much of my joy, satisfaction, sense of purpose and meaning—even my sense of self—was found in my ministry. After all, it was such a struggle to get here. God had called me into ordained ministry late in life. Pouring myself into fulfilling the call, I felt as if all my previous life had been moving in this direction, that I had arrived at the culmination or destination of a lifetime of "lesser" calls. How could retirement be looming on the horizon so soon? How could it be that before long I should have to give it all up? My God, such a few years! It seemed like a waste.
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