One of the big challenges for our friends is the transition from very busy lives of full-time jobs into (semi-) retirement in their new home. How difficult is that? I guess some find it much easier to adjust than others.
During the service I made a few personal comments about our friends and God's promises for them. And I also quoted from a section of Oswald Chambers' devotions that I had read the day before. Chambers is reflecting on the Mount of Transfiguration and Peter's desire to build three tents on the mountain top for Jesus, Moses and Elijah.
Yes, it is hard to descend and particularly in the ageing process we have to learn this. It is not that God will bless us any less! Rather, we need to know that he will bless us in the valleys in less heady days.The test of spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have the power to rise only, there is something wrong. There must be power to descend. The mountain is not the place for us to live for we were built for the valleys. This is one of the hardest things to learn because we want repeated moments on the mount.