Last week I heard through the grapevine that a family in my neighborhood had lost their job and subsequently lost their home. By the time school started last week, they were living in their car.
This morning I woke up to the news that the National unemployment rates have once again risen to 9.6% with a loss of 283,000 jobs over what the President called, "The Summer of Recovery." In addition to talk of a new possible trillion dollar stimulus bill, President Obama and the Democrat majority in Congress will also impose a $921 BILLION tax hike on families in 120 days.
How is the largest tax hike in American history and a new possible trillion dollar stimulus bill going to help Americans find work? We need jobs. We need lower taxes and fewer regulations on corporations and small businesses so they can expand and hire more workers. Working families need to keep more of their paychecks to save or pay for rising bills.
Unemployment affects all of us in different ways, and we do what we can to help those friends and neighbors who are struggling with unemployment. We donate to food banks, clothing to homeless shelters, and assist with more direct requests in our area. Someone from our church reached out to the family living in a car, offering to share their home.
The most important thing we can all do is to pray for all those in need. While searching for just the right words for a humble prayer, I came across a beautiful Prayer for the Unemployed.
Heavenly Father, giver of every opportunity, please help all those who are searching for employment during these very challenging times. You gave work to mankind as a gift and a way to grow in virtue and grace. Any diligent work offered in service to You can be a path to holiness, and help build up Your Kingdom.
Lord, please give renewed hope to al the unemployed and sustain them in these dificult times. By the prayers and holy example of Saint Cajetan, patron of all job seekers, encourage all those looking for work to persevere and grow in deeper trust of Your unfailing care for them. Increase in them O Lord the gifts of ingenuity, courage and persistence. Through the intercession of St. Cajetan, help all the unemployed find dignified work and a secure living wage. During this time of seeking, may they come to realize that You are all they ever really had, and that You are all they ever really needed. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.