Dear Hope Church,
I recently read a news article about Bill Hansen, who had retired at the age of 97 from Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling and turned 100 back in 2017. Bill had one wish for his 100th birthday. Was it an extravagant party at a New York City steakhouse? A night of gambling in Atlantic City? A trip to Aruba? No, Bill’s birthday wish for his century celebration was to return to work for one day. The CEO of Hutchinson was delighted to welcome Bill back, give him a full day’s worth of assignments, and pay him $1 for his labors.
Bill said, “I hate being retired … I never had a job where I didn’t want to go to work in the morning.” And the article ends, “Hansen says he was blessed.”
Some of you are thinking, “Is he senile?” But if we look back at Genesis 1 and 2 and consider the origin of work, we might conclude, “No, he’s absolutely sane. He’s simply living out of his humanity. He is blessed.”
I know that the topic of work is sensitive for many of you, especially in the midst of a pandemic. You’ve been laid off. You’ve been furloughed. You’ve been stuck at home on a computer. You’re paralyzed by the fear of returning to your place of employment. So what does God have to say to us about work in such a tumultuous time? Let’s talk about it on Sunday. Maybe you’ll conclude with me and with Bill that work is a blessing and not curse.
I very much look forward to gathering with you for worship, whether you’re wearing a mask in the morning, you’re mask-less in the evening, or you’re enjoying the livestream from the comfort of your couch and sending me a “Peace of Christ” text.
Peace of Christ to You,