I survived a wide reaching reduction in force at work today. Every time my phone rang, I jumped. While my closest colleague and I are still employed, our team lost two members – one laid off and one re-org’ed to another group. One of my closest friends was laid off but she has a great attitude.
The day has been very long. This afternoon my cell phone rang and it was my boss. My heart sank but it was about a meeting to let us know what had happened. While there was relief, there was also sadness. Hard to be truly happy on a day like today.
So, I am safe for today and this round is over. I offer these prayers for all impacted today – and that means everyone at my company that did not stick up their hand and say “Pick me, pick me!” There were a few folks in that category and for them I wish them much success and happiness as they chose a new beginning.
Prayer on Being Made Redundant
“Redundant” – the word says it all –
“useless, unnecessary, without purpose, surplus to requirements.”
Thank you, Heavenly Father, that in the middle of the sadness, the anger, the uncertainty, the pain, I can talk to you.
Hear me as I cry out in confusion,
help me to think clearly,
and calm my soul.
As life carries on,
may I know your presence with me
each and every day.
And as I look to the future,
help me to look for fresh opportunities, for new directions.
Guide me by your Spirit,
and show me your path,
Through Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen.
Prayer for Those Remaining in the Workplace
Life has changed:
Colleagues have gone – redundant, out of work.
Suddenly, what seemed so secure is now so very fragile.
It’s hard to know what I feel:
Guilt, almost, at still having a job to go to,
And fear of the future:
Who will be next?
How will I cope with the increased pressure of work?
Lord Jesus, in the midst of this uncertainty, help me to keep going:
To work to the best of my ability,
Taking each day at a time,
And taking time each day to walk with you
For you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen.