Living by the scriptures

Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. - Psalm 25:1-2.

That morning I received a telephone call at my office, asking me to report to the personnel office, and not to let anyone else know where I was going. "So, this is it," I thought. I was sure this was the phone call all of us in our office had been dreading for months. But then I thought, "Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I was being called down to the personnel office for some other reason."

I wasn't. There in the personnel office, I was given the news. I was to be laid off immediately from my employment with the company after 28 years of service. Although I had known for some time this was a possibility, it did not make it any easier to hear. I would be given the next eight weeks off, with pay. I was asked to turn in the keys to my company car and I would be sent home in a limousine! Many emotions filled me as I went downstairs to retrieve my personal belongings from the car. "I was being laid off! Why me? My career - over. And what would I do?" For the first time in almost 29 years I would be out of a job. I was afraid and I felt ashamed.

Among my personal belongings in the car was a set of scriptures. As I waited for the limousine that would take me home, I opened the Bible. I did not open it to any particular page, and found I was reading from the book of Psalms. It was in Psalm 25 that I read a scripture with just the message I needed right then and was of great comfort to me.

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