In this article from the Milwaukee Journal discusses how the economy has affected giving in the church. It has been felt everywhere. The problem is heightened when more people are coming to the church for help. And even more so, when you know there are people in the church who are in need of a little help here and there.
This is where our OT lesson for Sunday comes at a very important time, Isaiah 40:29-31.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
We are all in need of strength for all of the questions that we have for tomorrow. As many things are affected by the economy (depression, marriages, parenting, confidence), we all need to refocus our hearts on the Lord. Although we may become exhausted, he never grows tired or weary. As he has mounted himself on the cross, he will mount us up to live out our vocations faithfully. I am always available for prayers and to just talk if anyone needs it.
Christ have mercy