by Pastor Rod LaFee
This week, my wife will be laid off as part of the 1600 people told by Maximus they are out of a job on the 25th. Last week my son who has worked for H.P. for 9 years was told his last day would be the 25th due to stream lining. Last week my friend at another call center told us they were having a work force reduction of one-fourth to take effect on the 25th. She did not know if she was part of it at the time. We have also heard of another company laying off 200 employees to take effect the 25th. Roughly, that is, around 2,000 people in this valley who will be unemployed at the end of this week.
Once again all these lives will be interrupted and for many put back into turmoil. They have been living paycheck to paycheck and now that paycheck is going to be ending. Unemployment may be an option for many but it does not pay all the bills. I am sure some of you reading this are part of the 2000. I can not tell you your life will be just fine and you will have another job found by next week, I can not tell you your life will not get tougher, it most likely will get tougher. Two months ago my brother quit his part time job to take a full time job only to be told last week they no longer needed him. When I received the call my heart was broken because for the first time in several years he was going to have health benefits that would have gone into effect at the end of this month.
All I could tell my brother, my wife, my son, my friend and you is we have hope. Hebrews 6:9-10 says “ This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus,…..” Hebrew 13:5 reminds us “…For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’”. Jesus never said our life would be all roses, instead He told us He would be right beside us through all of life’s turmoils. In John 14:18 Jesus tells us He will never leave us orphans, He would come for us. Romans 5:5 says “No hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” These are just a few verses God gave us for comfort during these troublesome times.
The first time we went through this we found our faith grew stronger as we had to learn to rely upon God for our basic needs. Romans 5: 3-4 says, “… knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character, and character, hope.” This time my wife is not stressed out, this time my son is relying on God, and my brother is confident he will survive. Through these tough times they grew in the Lord and so can you. Open you Bible and read, pray, and remember, put your hope in Jesus Christ and let Him lead. Pastor Rod