Reflections on Changes

This month marks many changes and new avenues of life. I am retiring effective September 1, 2020, and I have submitted my resignation to the congregation. In many ways, this is a difficult change, especially emotionally. But that has more to do with many other things happening in my life, not in the church. 

From a physical perspective, this is necessary. I have endured several injuries over the past five years, each causing both pain and more limited activity. Because a couple of these accidents have involved hits to my head, I have noticed gaps in my thinking. So it is time for my body to not be under the stress.

Overall, I have been tired for several years, and it shows. Spiritually much has been happening (much of it good), but the tiredness has affected me in this realm as well. I have been working non stop since I was five years old, beginning with hand planting field corn on 5 acres. Cutting wood for furnace in MN winters, baling hay and selling excess, snow plowing for years. Yeah, I’m tired.

So what is next? We will be moving out of California soon (no specifics yet). I have many books I plan to read. And I will be writing reviews on them as that happens. I will still teach in our seminary as requested. I will still serve on the Clergy Commission, and occasionally provide pulpit supply as requested.

Truth be told, I am looking forward to the change. I am ready for it, spiritually, emotionally, physically.

I am thankful for all the wonderful people I have served over the past 35 years. Grateful for the fellowship, help, and listening ear. 

Appropriate retirement quotes

 Retirement isn’t the end of the road, but just a turn in the road.

Retire from your job, but never retire your mind

The best part about being retired is never having to request time off.

Thanks everyone. We are now preparing our 29th move (for real).

Author: exegete77

disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, and theologian

5 thoughts on “Reflections on Changes”

  1. Thank you for your mentorship and friendship. Neither ends of course, nor our regular promise of getting together for lunch…. 🙂 I’ll miss those, even as they’ve been infrequent!

    And remember
    The Lord is with you!


  2. I know this must be a very difficult decision for you. I also know how very hard you have worked all your life and that it is a well deserved retirement. As we all know Pastors never really “fully” retire….they don’t have the spirit to do that. Praying that you find joy in the changes, hope in your new found freedom, and peace with your decision.
    I’m sure you and Cindy will not miss the moves….29 is a lot! Blessings to you both! Please keep us informed of your new address.


  3. Hello Pastor Shields,
    Thank you for your service to God first, but also for being such a wonderful pastor while I was a member of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. I will always remember your wonderful sermons and Bible studies! I pray that God will direct your path to the perfect retirement location for you and Cindy! God Bless you both!
    Your Sister in Christ,
    Lissa Lefler


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