One thing is certain in today’s economy. Corporations can, and do, eliminate positions. But there’s one thing they can never eliminate. People.
People remain. Positions vanish like smoke.
After having eluded eliminations for so long, after seeing friends and colleagues come and go, now, it is my turn. I join with them and with millions of other people in this nation as the result of corporate “restructuring” and “right-sizing” all intended to find the solution to productivity and profitability. I rejoice for the run I’ve had over these past years. I have met many wonderful and influential people, traveled to beautiful and memorable places, and worked on life changing projects. Thank you My God for the miracle you worked in 2003, for the Divine provision You worked keeping me til 2010. In Orthodoxy, we say “God is good, and loves mankind”. It is true He does. In a world that changes, He never does.
Corporations come, and go.
Positions are here today. Gone tomorrow.
But people remain. People matter. People are worthy of redemption. People are the creation of the hand of God, people are created for eternity and to those who call Him Father, they are cradled in the palms of His hands. They are the apple of His eye. Not one hair of their head will be lost without His knowing, for He is the Good Shepherd who knows His sheep, and Has laid down His life for us. Thus, it is not wise to trust in princes nor in corporations, nor is it prudent to hold tight to anything on this planet other than the Church, your spouse and your family.
In the end, it can never be profit over people.
It will always be people.
Jesus gave His life for the world. For people, not profit, for people, not gain, nor fiscal glory.
Right relationships of love, respect, mercy, diligence, integrity… these are the relational skills that lead corporations to the very thing they desire most – profit. The beautiful reality for the Christian in the face of suffering is that we do NOT suffer, as people who have no hope. For us, the tomb is empty! Christ is Risen! Truly He has risen! Death has been destroyed. Fear has been obliterated. Faith knows that the very same God who loved me last Tuesday April 13, is the same Savior who is with me today. Nothing changes. My family and I are with Christ, and in His Church, and Christ is with us. The only thing that changes is that I will get a new assignment, a new way to live out Theosis, our sanctification, to strive for a life of holiness in an ever un-holy world.
God gives. He takes. Blessed be God. This is what forms us. Moves us. Keeps us. When I came to Divine Liturgy on Sunday, everything was pregnant with meaning, fullness, substance, wholeness, beauty! Nothing changed! And best of all, nothing will change. The prayers, the candles, the incense, the song, the priests, the deacons, the vestments, the icons, the altar, the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, mercy, grace, life, peace… all of these remain, changeless, timeless, ageless… the faith of our fathers defies the maddening uncertainty and change of our world. The moorings of our ancient ways, our prayers, sacraments, mysteries, song, and fellowship are the cornerstone, touchstone, and foundation for the sweet assurance in a world that eliminates jobs, but can never eliminate, people, or Christ or His Church.
We glory in God for the good that He graciously gives us, unworthy and unthankful though we be, and especially in the times of suffering, we glory.
Therefore we must remember His mighty acts, we must remember how He has worked in the past, and how time and again He delivers those who love Him, and patiently wait upon Him. It’s in the suffering, it’s in the desert that we are made sons and daughters, it’s when we realize that He gives us ‘just enough’, and ‘just at the right time’ – it’s then that we understand that we are His sons and daughters, His children whom He will never forget.
If your position has been eliminated, know this, that you are not. Run to Him who is far above corporations, and the wisdom and ways of men, flee to the arms of a Savior who can provide the one thing needful, the one thing necessary, and often the one thing that is missing in anyone’s life: oneness with Him, to attain, and live in Theosis, is the summa, the pinnacle of life.
The rest is just details.
Our calling and purpose never changes.
Our assignments sometimes do.
Glory to God for all things, in all things. Glory to God.
Do not look forward in fear to those changes in life; God – whose very own your are, will lead you safely through all things. And when you cannot stand it, He will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you today and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
Be at peace, your Father loves you.