God does work in a mysterious way; after I took early retirement my wife and I looked forward to seeing our children again.
After University they had not returned home! We went to California to see our eldest son, a research engineer; then to Brunei to see our daughter teaching in a school for the children of expatriate oil workers; and then to Essex to see our youngest son an accountant for a car manufacturer. All very exciting, my wife and I both thought Essex to be rather different.
We came back and settled into a comfortable routine of gardening, shopping and more holidays. However, God was working away, prompting and pushing. One day I had a phone call from our Priest, he wanted to see me. Despite having never thought about Readership I knew he was going to ask me to become a Lay Reader. So I went on a Reader Training Course, and at the age of 60 became a Reader; licensed to preach, lead non Communion Services and to officiate at Funerals.
It was a new life, a very interesting and stimulating one. But then, a discovery, God had not yet finished with me. I had found a vocation and the next step on my journey seemed to be Ordination to the priesthood. Common sense told me that age was against me, but God told me I should carry on my journey of faith.
Next time some thoughts about interview techniques for the elderly and life at Theological College.