EMN Mailbag: “Should I go back to work, God?”

The following letter of thanksgiving was sent to me from Monica Pope, in response to this month’s EMN newsletter, and is reprinted with permission of the author.

Dear Heidi,
I’m happy to know God gives you employment opportunities that bless your family’s special needs, too.  Recently, we’ve received the same here.  With my husband’s significantly reduced work hours, we were feeling like Elijah’s widow, thinking, “A handful of meal, a little oil.  We may eat it, then we die.”  Then I got a wonderful job as a DRE at a nearby parish.  I love the job and especially love the requirement that I write a weekly article for the bulletin.  But I’m triply grateful because they let me work opposite my husband’s schedule and around our youngest child’s early intervention school and therapy schedules. 
These days, we’re recommitted to trusting God all the more as next week,  my husband will be laid off from his steel mill job indefinitely.  With seven of our ten kids still living at home, this will be a challenge.  But the Lord is teaching us to pray for this day our daily bread.  Similarly, we ask the Blessed Mother to pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Since this seems to not be the hour of our deaths, we’re focusing on remaining open to Her intercession and God’s graces now. We’re reminded that God has graces for my husband’s unemployment when it happens– next week. 

For now, we follow the rules for gathering manna– collect  just what we need for a single day. 
I’m looking forward to the newsletter at Mother’s Day.  And please, when you have time, send criteria for submissions and upcoming themes.  I’d be honored to offer something for submission.
Much Peace and Many Blessings,
Monica Pope

1 thought on “EMN Mailbag: “Should I go back to work, God?”

  1. 54 years old and deciding to go back to school to be a nurse. So, I went on ask.com and just typed “God should I go back to school?”

    Your site came up so I am just responding to your website and after reading some of it I am pleased!

    At this stage in my life I must ask God about it and that was my way bringing it up on the website. It may seem strange but we are living in a world that is strange also but “With God all things are possible” and “Nothing is impossible with God”.

    So, if you are reading this please stay encouraged because you are not in this walk along He is with you always (even as you are reading this reply).

    I love the Lord and nothing will ever keep me from Him, not this so called economy or anything else here on earth. One day real soon I will hear him say to me “Well done thy good and faithful servant – COME ON IN (my words:)” and then all of this here on earth will be worth it! God loves you and may he always bless you and yours!


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