When we were nearing retirement age, I remember telling my husband that retirement was to be more than watching television and reading the daily newspaper. Had I known the brief time he would live before his death, maybe I would have used our time differently. But during the years from June I, 1980 until November 1983, quite a lot was achieved; however, much sorrow was experienced.
My parents were experiencing declining health; so my dependent sister, who had made her home with them, came to live with our family. Then Dad died the last of November,1981, and Mother died the next April.
We were having a house built, but when it was ready to buy, most banks were not making loans; however, with help of our realtor friend we got a loan but with excessive rate of interest.
But God was gracious and we sold land we had purchased while teaching school and made a nice profit; so we were able to pay off our house mortgage.
I could mention many other blessings but a dark cloud was forming over our family: before my husband’s heart surgery a spot detected on his chest x-ray was cancer of the lung; therefore, after enduring chemotherapy and radiation treatments, he went to be with the Lord on September 31, 1984.
But I picked up the pieces of my shattered life and have lived the life of a widow almost twenty-four years. And believe some years have been the most productive of my long life.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your continued mercy and sustaining grace. Though You have allowed many difficult circumstances and I have coped with pneumonia several times, at the time of this writing I feel great. So I want to praise and thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen.