Retirement and Farewell Prayers
Retirement is the withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from one’s active working life. A person may also semi-retire by reducing work hours. The prayers are for blessing those who are about to leave you.
An increasing number of individuals are choosing to put off this point of total retirement, by selecting to exist in the emerging state of pre-tirement.
Many people choose to retire when they are eligible for private or public pension benefits, although some are forced to retire when bodily conditions no longer allow the person to work any longer (by illness or accident) or as a result of legislation concerning their position. In most countries, the idea of retirement is of recent origin, being introduced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Previously, low life expectancy and the absence of pension arrangements meant that most workers continued to work until death.
A prayer for a happy retirement
Dear Father God,
Thank you for the seasons of life, for the joy of childhood, the excitement of youth, and the stability of maturity. Thank you for the blessings that come with age, for all the happy memories to enjoy, for the wisdom that comes through experience, and for the freedom that is given with retirement.
Lord, we give thanks for the tremendous blessing that has come from the work of many years, and thank you that you still anoint and use us always, in all seasons. We pray that this would be a new beginning, may your hope arise, and your vision be the guide. May a new rhythm emerge, one that forms a beautiful balance between rest and engagement with life.
And now Lord, we ask for your blessing. May there be good health, joy in abundance and peace in heart and mind, from this day forwards and each day that follows.
In Jesus name, Amen.
A Retirement Prayer
Help me to seize each sunrise, and fully live each day. May I be guided by You, and walk into this new landscape with hope and confidence.
May I engage with the beauty of creation, and connect with the passions, hopes and dreams I had as when young.
My prayer is not to leave anything behind, but to walk forwards into all I can be, all I can enjoy, and all I can give.
To this new page
The next chapter of my life
– Shared with You.
Prayer for retirement
Heavenly Father, how I praise and thank You for bringing me to this important point in my life – this point of my retirement. Father in one way I find it daunting and yet in another way it is one of the most exciting times of my life.
Help me not to dread the thought of retirement but rather use it I pray, as an opportunity for me to be used in Your service, in whatever capacity You would choose – to carry out the good works, which You have prepared beforehand, for me to do in Your strength and for Your glory.
I pray that You would give me the wisdom to push on different doors and allow You to open any through which You would have me to pass – for I want to be in Your will and I desire to do Your purpose in my life. Keep me I pray, from trying to orchestrate a life in my retirement that is not under the shadow of Your leading and guiding.
Lord I pray that You would take whatever time I have left in this world and use it to Your praise and glory. Bring into my life Christians friends, where we can find mutual edification but also I ask that You would bring into my path the people to whom I can witness of the Lord Jesus Christ and His saving grace. Take every day of my life, from this day forward I pray, and live Your life through me, I pray, in Jesus name,
Thank You that Your word has been a lamp to my feet and a light to my path and as I now step out into the unknown, I pray that You would continue to guard and guide the way that I take – and thank You that You have scheduled every day of my life, including the unknowns in this retirement.
Lord I pray that this may be a wonderful new beginning for me and not the end of the road, that is so often the case when retirement arrives. Help me to seize every opportunity that arises and to explore the skills and gifts that You have given me, so that they may be used to glorify Your name.
I trust You Lord Jesus to be with me in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth and pray that I will submit day by day to the leading of Your Spirit and simply rest in Your love, knowing that You are my light and my life, my way and my end in Jesus name I pray,
Please bless all my work colleagues and bosses – my friends and those that have mentored me over the years, and may each one be sheltered and protected by Your love and I pray that those that have resisted the gospel of grace over the years, will one day open their hearts to Jesus and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour.
Thank You for the skills that I have learned and the opportunities that You have put in my path throughout my career – and I thank You for the opportunities that You have purposed for me – that are yet hidden in the future.
Thank You for being with me throughout my working life and Lord I pray that with You at the helm, You will continue to give me many more years in Your service – so that this time of retirement may continue to be an opportunity to serve You in spirit and truth and to draw ever closer to You, until I come to be with You in heaven. Praise Your holy name for my life. Direct each future path I take and I pray that You will continue to be my ever present help in time of trouble and my constant Guide, to direct my every step, in Jesus name I pray,
Comfort and strengthen we pray, all those that are in this situation and we ask that You would draw alongside each one and create in them a vision of the future that You have for their lives – with You at the helm of their lives.
Motivate them to look beyond the world’s view of retirement, which so often devalues the older generation and help them to see that with You they have the rest of their lives to love and serve You in newness of love, as You lead and guide them in ways that they may never have imagined, to Your praise and glory.
Provide we pray for all their needs and necessities of life and draw each one into a closer fellowship with You in the years ahead, in Jesus name we pray,
Thank You for the way that You have led me and been with me throughout my busy working career and I pray that You will not forsake me now that life is about slow down as I face my forthcoming retirement.
Keep me I pray from regretting the passing of my life and may I see this time as an opportunity to seek You more and to live in the expectation that You will open new horizons and opportunities to serve You in ways that will bring blessings to many and glory to Your name.
Help me Lord to see that as this one door on my past life is closing that the exciting door of my eternal future starts today. Thank You that I am Your child. Thank You that You died for me and that heaven is my ultimate “retirement” home and may I live the rest of my days in closer fellowship as I seek to do Your will in every area of my life, from this day forward – even for evermore, in Jesus name I pray,
Farewell Prayer for Students
(a prayer suitable for closing a graduation or school leavers service with)
May his gentle hand guide the decisions you will make and the passions that you follow.
May your hearts and lives always reflect his love and truth,
And may hope be a light within you that you carry into each new day.
May The Road Rise Up To Meet You
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
“May The Road Rise Up To Meet You” is an ancient Celtic blessing. It can be used as a prayer for those leaving that they would be ever conscious they are held in the palm of God’s hand. The following is a beautiful contemporary song interpretation of this prayer:
“We know that you will always love and protect them, wherever they go”
Farewell Prayer for Teacher
Thank you for the extraordinary love, commitment and creativity this wonderful teacher has given this school.
Thank you for the way he/she has served us and given out so much to the children we care for.
We pray that he/she would go on to find new treasures each day, and that the blessing of Christ would be upon all that he/she does, forevermore.