OPINION: Approaching the New Year with a spirit of faith as working people

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By PASTOR AUDREY 'GAIL' EMANUEL

With the New Year starting, research confirms that many workers are facing economic uncertainties. The need for reskilling and upskilling is increasingly important to workers everywhere and its necessity is clanging alarm bells throughout the workforce.

Employment insecurity can flood our minds with feelings of uncertainty as we approach the New Year. So this is where the Spirit of God kicks in. Our faith grows knowing from where our help comes. Despite uncertainties, we can have victory over trials. The love of Christ turns them into our friend.

The changing nature of work needed for a good income increasingly favors those with in-demand skills. Those jobs most vulnerable include many blue-collar positions, assembly line workers, customer service representatives, cashiers and truck drivers.
As a female Pastor I have experienced many uncertainties, and can speak from experience.

LOOKING TO THE NEW YEAR
This “NEW YEAR” every day brings a sense of our obligation and responsibilities. But the uncertainty is, will working class men and women be able to fulfill their task with the spirit of faith?

My answer is “yes.” There will be no uncertainty about our faithfulness or who will separate us from the love of God!

In an August 2019 survey of 226 economists conducted by the National Association for Business Economics, 38 percent of respondents said that the United States will enter its next recession in 2020. Recession fears make middle class families less optimistic about the economic outlook and some are bracing for an economic crisis.

SPIRIT OF STRONG FAITH
Even with this uncertainty, our spirit of faith is strong. We will not be moved by fear, realizing that many times our experiences and uncertainties are testing our faith.

We will approach the New Year’s uncertainties with a spirit of faith as working people.

The Apostle Paul found that the Lord would bring him through his uncertainties. There is certainty that the love of Christ will show us the way.

In this economy, many may earn only a fraction of the money that has been allotted to those in higher brackets, and many are uncertain that they will have jobs as the New Year approaches. I work a full-time job at a university, and as a church pastor. Some, like me, will need two jobs.

To run a church we depend on tithes and offerings of others to keep our doors open and know that times may limit giving. Will the church doors will be able to stay open? The Spirit of Faith brings us through this challenge.

Christians and working people can stand on the ROCK – Jesus – knowing he will never let us fall and we can enter the New Year with the Spirit of Faith.

One of my favorite Scriptures, if I may:

Therefore I tell you do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, or what you will put on it. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow or reap, nor gather in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
And which of you being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow. They neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
—Matt 6: 25-34

May God Bless!!

(Pastor Audrey “Gail” Emanuel is the founder and pastor of Jubilee House Of Prayer in Sikeston, MO)

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