Monday, December 8, 2008


I chose this title since, like so many others, we face tomorrow without a job. My husband came home this morning just an hour after he had left for work with a piece of paper in his hand. I could tell by the look on his face that whatever it was, it wasn't good...and it wasn't. Laid off! How many times in the last year have we heard those dreaded words, from friends, at church, from family members, or on the news? Countless!! And every time we do, we think, "Oh, I'm sure glad it's not us!" In fact, secretly, we're hoping that it never will be. We whisper to ourselves ever so quietly, " Will we be next?" Well, we are next, it seems, and the real question isn't "Why, us" but rather, "Why not us?"

The prospect of looking for a job after 50 is certainly nothing one would choose and with so many out of work, it becomes almost impossible to find something. But, we'll get through it and, perhaps, we'll be fortunate and my husband will find something that he suits him and that he enjoys. That's how we have to think. No use in being pessimistic. It's pretty lousy timing, though, right before Christmas, but, when is it good timing? We can't lose sight of what we really have going for us. Faith and...PRAYER!

I truly believe in the power of prayer, not as a magic potion but as a direct line to our Heavenly Father. And He's really going to hear an awfully lot from us. I firmly believe that God has things occur in our lives for a reason and there is a REASON that this happened to us. I also know that we're going to be alright in the end. That belief, that conviction, can so easily wane. It's much easier to throw in the towel and think, "why me?". But we have to remember that God will take care of us and bring us through whatever trial we're dealing with. He asks us to stop flailing about wondering what to do and asking how will we make it. He simply says, "Be still and know that I am God!"

Dear Father,

Help us to be "still" and take comfort in your words. Help us to trust and know that You are God and you are in control, not us. When our conviction waivers, bolster it up. When we get discouraged, infuse your courage into us. Remind us that you've got it all figured out. AMEN

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