“If my people…will humble themselves and pray”

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” — 2 Chronicles 7:14

This week has been too intense for words. Hundreds of people have been killed in Egypt. Lives are hanging in the balance in various criminal trials. Friends who lost their jobs are contemplating their next career moves.

It’s time for prayer. I’m going into my quiet space to commune with my Lord. He is the only one who can cleanse our minds and hearts and make everything new. He holds the master plan for our lives.

I am praying for healing and peace. I am praying for the leaders of our world and for people who boldly risk their lives for their beliefs. Think about that for a minute. Is there anything you’d be willing to die for?

My friend who lost his job yesterday said he is trusting God for the next door to be opened. He is believing what’s behind that new door will be better than anything he ever dreamed. He is believing God will give him as far as he can see — and then some.

I’ve not yet experienced a job loss. But I’m wise enough to know that could change at any minute. No matter how good we are on our jobs, companies are looking at the bottom line. IF profits aren’t where they want them to be, cuts are made. We can be on jobs for decades and go in to work Monday to a pink slip. Notice I didn’t say our jobs — they are the company’s jobs to offer and to take away. Our skills and abilities can’t be taken away. We will always have those.

Another friend is doubting herself as she prepares to re-enter the work force after taking several years off to tend to her family and volunteer in her community. She wonders how the dreaded gap on her resume will look to employers. She worries about starting fresh in her 50s. Smart companies value the work ethic older employees bring to the jobs, in addition to their varied skills. She hasn’t been on anyone’s payroll but she’s continued to use her leadership, collaboration, communication and organizational skills. The manager who hires her will be getting an outstanding employee.

She will be fine. And so will my friend who lost his job yesterday. Today is a new day. And he is trusting God for a miracle. As we ended our email chat yesterday he spoke these words of wisdom: “I’ve been through too much not to trust Him.”

Amen. Take a moment to encourage someone today!

This is Hampton University’s Symphonic Choir singing one of my favorite songs. My daughter Imani was in the choir! #proudmomalldayeveryday

“He’ll give you as far as you can see”


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