Keck and I joke that retired means tired again.

Retirement actually means “the withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from active working life.” I have two friends who are retiring this month. They’re looking into 2020 with a whole new outlook. No more 9 to 5, late nights, weekends, or work-related travel.

Most of the folks I know who have retired are busier then ever. Yet, usually it means an opportunity to spend more time with family and friends. New opportunities to enjoy life or to spend time on pet projects are waiting.

One of my friends, Patty, posted this on Facebook:

Advent Luke 10 – Day 10 of reading through the Gospel of Luke
So much to do and Christmas is coming. Needed this. Maybe you do too. “Lord, do you not care that I have gifts to buy and packages to wrap along with all this emotion over retiring?” But the Lord answered me, “You are anxious about many things, but only one thing is needed. Choose the good portion which will not be taken away. Sit with me a while and listen.” Luke 10: 38-42

Patty Whiteley, on facebook, December 10, 2019

Only one thing is needed.

If we sit a while and listen, we can hear the next thing God is whispering. Patty’s post from the tenth day of Readvent is just as important on this twelth day.

Sit with me a while and listen.

What’s coming next for my friends is good and sweet and perfect. I’m hoping they lap it all up and wallow in the goodness of the Lord. Because I cannot wait to see how they do it. I think it will be beautiful to watch. ❤