Thursday, May 22, 2008

Prayer for Unemployed Writers

“It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.” —Harry S. Truman

I filled my gas tank yesterday. When I bought my car, it cost $22. Yesterday? $64. Ouch!

Double Ouch!

For many writers the wheels are coming off their finances because of publishing layoffs.

Even people who are employed, fear lay offs. A poll on beliefnet.com asked, "Are you worried about losing your job because of the current economy?"

Not at all.

A little.

A lot.

As a single parent who did not receive the court-awarded child support, I often felt like a tight-rope walker deprived of a safety net. Unemployment terrified me. When an employer dismantles our financial safety net, the emotional plunge is devastating.

As fellow writers and editors try to re-balance their lives, families and finances on the unemployment high wire, let’s remember them in our prayers.

Editor and Publisher reports that Mike Koehler, a sports editor for The Oklahoman, has launched a blog called Praying for Papers. The blog offers prayers for those in the industry who are losing jobs. There are also prayers to help guide the newspaper industry's leaders.

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