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Topic: GENEROUS (10/31/19)
- TITLE: Trading Places
By Chris Goglin
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As we both approach our seventies, health problems and financial woes have encroached on our peaceful golden years. Our past seasons of shooting baskets on the side driveway, tackling strenuous hikes, or opting for pricey family vacations, have shifted to an occasional TV movie, a simple home-cooked meal, or a casual walk around the block. We entered, quite unexpectedly, a gentle season of life that is different, but sometimesâ€¦a little scary.
Our main goal in raising our family was to be â€œin charge financially,â€ being responsible for what needed to be done and grateful for Godâ€™s many gifts. My husband provided for us well, but we never thought about retirement... we were too busy nurturing our five children and getting them through college. Social Security would carry us through our elderly years, or so we thought.
The years flew by, and here we were facing a budget that was incredibly skimpier than when we first got married over 52 years ago. Our kids were on their own, and I guess we were too!
â€œHow are we going to make it?â€ I would often sigh to my husband as I rested my head on his shoulder. â€œWe are too old to get jobs that accommodate our health needs, and we have medical bills that we canâ€™t pay, and peanut butter and jelly gets monotonous after a while!â€
â€œI know,â€ he chuckled rubbing the back of his neck, â€œbut I donâ€™t want to impose on our kids, they have lives of their own, they donâ€™t need to bear OUR burdens.
We were so far off in our thinking.
The first thing our eldest son decided to do after he had moved into his recently built house, was to think about building another one and renting out his â€œbrand newâ€ house to us! Really? I was so overwhelmed, and thought quietly to myself embarrassed by my materialistic thoughtsâ€¦ Iâ€™ve always hoped for granite counter tops, and a garden tub one day! My dreams became a reality a year later when we became his new tenants!
Our second oldest son, often fills our car with gas, provides us with meals, and sneaks money to us in the most curious places.
Our oldest daughter has figured out how to use Google Pay to surprise us when we are in a pinch.
Our youngest daughter sends us a check for $150 every month to help pay for food and emergencies.
Our youngest son secretly pays for some of our medical bills, but I have not figured out how he does that from 2000 miles awayâ€¦and he doesnâ€™t know that I know!
My kids got together and paid for my dental bill last month because of new cancer medicines requiring me to have all dental work done.
As if this wasnâ€™t enough, they all pitched in and sent us on a 50th anniversary cruise a few years ago, that just swept us off our feet!
We still have financial concerns and wonder sometimes, if we will make it to the next Social Security checkâ€¦but itâ€™s not so scary anymore! God has calmed our nerves and helped us realize that children are a gift from God, and a reward in our elderly years. â€œ Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.â€ Psalm 127:3 ESV
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