Every time I turn on the news I hear more bad news about the economy. And it’s been hard to see my family and friends suffer from it. Its hard to see the appeals for much needed donations to my favorite non profit groups come rolling in so often. Times are tough for so many people. Luckily I am a chaplain at a Catholic hospital so my job seemed pretty secure.
But little did I know that I was going to be one of the latest statistics in the current recession. A few weeks ago I found out my hours were being cut in half and I no longer had a full time job. I was sad and worried at first, then became angry, then motivated to find a new job. Even though I saw very few job positions advertised in my field, I knew something would surface. And I was reminded again that I am very lucky to have safety nets in my life, people who, if the bottom fell out tomorrow, could loan me a couch to stay on or a few bucks to get by. I realize that not everyone’s safety nets can do that. Continue reading