On to Portland, or rather southern Washington just on the other side of Portland, Oregon. Lena's grandfather and his wife live in a little town named Ridgefield, Washington just north of the Oregon border. They are both in their early 90's and don't get out much these days. They are content in their home and living as independently as possible. Whenever we have a chance to visit them, we take it. And whenever we are spending time with them, it's almost like being retired for a little while.
We start the day early, visiting in the living room, talking about the weather and the news
In the evenings we had the chance to go and see a few friends in the area for a few hours. It was nice to see them with the little time we had in the evenings.
As George and Louise start to slow down, we are able to spend less and less time with them before they are too tired to visit
In Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote about enjoying the fruits of our labor. When we work hard, we shouldn't feel bad about enjoying what God has given us.
"Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God" (Ecclesiastes 2:24). When we are living a life that God finds to be fitting, He will give us what we need. "What profit has the worker from that in which he labors," continues Solomon in the very next chapter. "I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor--it is a gift of God" (Ecclesiastes 3:9-13).
Enjoying Retirement For a Time
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Ridgefield, Washington, United States