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Clergy seem an unlikely group to be facing a retirement security crisis.
They generally are looked up to by their parishioners as wise and frugal. Their pay, although modest, is enough to get by on. And they typically are provided with housing during their careers.
Yet many find themselves in a financial quandary as they approach or reach retirement, squeezed by challenges that sometimes exceed those of other professionals. Often lacking home equity and a pension, some are struggling to get by and others are staying on the job longer....
During my life the Lord has brought me through many challenging situations, including times where the "resources" were small and things were tight for our family. But I always found that the Lord provided in His good providence and even at the last moment we would find what was needed. Now that I am "retired" as the world sees it, the Lord still provides, praise, in Christ, be to God. But I have never been "retired" BY the Lord from His service. When that happens I expect I shall go home.
Psa 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
Psa 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Psa 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.