That afternoon, every employee in Jenny’s department watched the clock nervously.  At 3 p.m., emails would go out to those getting laid off.  At 3:01, her inbox dinged. Jenny was out of work.

From other cubicles, someone pounded a fist, another shouted. One person even cried. Jenny felt like doing it all. Instead, she walked to a coworker and said, “How can I help?”  

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Bad news naturally brings fear. The writer of Psalm 31 cries out, “My life is consumed by anguish.”  Yet a few lines later he writes, “But I trust in you, Lord . . . my times are in your hands.” Employed or not, our times are in his hands . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

  But I trust in you, O LORD;
       I say, "You are my God."

My times are in your hands;
       deliver me from my enemies
       and from those who pursue me.

                                              Psalm 31

Image by Roby Ferrari. Used with permission. Sourced via Flickr.

Originally Published: Sunday, June 2, 2013

Howard E. Butt, Jr., served as president of the H. E. Butt Foundation until 2014. He is the founder of Laity Lodge and The High Calling, and serves as vice chairman of the H. E. Butt Grocery Company.
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