In the last several weeks, we have met folks making the transition from one job to the next in the Job Loss Support Group as part of Southeast Christian Church’s Encounter online. 

It is a difficult season for each of them.

Job loss can be devastating. But after a few awkward moments, the group loosens up. The people gathered share ideas, thoughts, resources and encouragement.

One shared how he tracks his calls and interviews using a spreadsheet. Another shared that he had worked in the same industry for nearly two decades. He was thinking it might be a good time to consider a complete career change. One of the other participants offered the idea that he could stay in the same industry but consider a different career choice within that industry.

As a facilitator, I remained fairly silent. That’s a skill that has taken a lifetime for me to learn. How quickly I arrogantly position myself as the one with the answers. “‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’” (James 4:6 ESV).

There are several verses in the book of Proverbs that demonstrate what happens in our online group.

Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed” (ESV).

It’s truly a wonder to me, seeing people quickly connect in their struggle and help each other. I watch as people genuinely care, desiring to encourage one another and pray for one another.

James 5:16 compels followers of Christ to “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (ESV).

This is the beauty of our Thursday night gathering.

Have you lost a job? Has the COVID-19 shutdown affected you? Are you looking to transition careers, change jobs or recover from a layoff?

Join us at 7 p.m. every Thursday evening on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/174154667.