I think the first thing we need to do is recognize it really stings. It hurts to be fired. I understand from talking with other friends who have been in this situation that it can be devastating. It’s easy for us who are sitting in jobs right now to say, She’s a good person, she’ll get a job soon. But if you’re the one who is unemployed, fear and doubt can fill your mind: What about the long-term unemployment statistics? Will anyone hire me after I’ve been fired? Does God not like me? How could he allow this?
It has real ramifications professionally and emotionally, and I don’t think we should be afraid of these feelings. Because not only is your identity in Christ, but Jesus is strong enough to handle your feelings. We are children of “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4, NIV). That verse and others like it show us that we shouldn’t just pretend nothing is wrong—God understands you will feel pain, and he wants to comfort you.
Take Steps Toward Emotional and Practical Healing
When we are hurting, we want to get out of the pain as fast as we can. When someone loses her job, she thinks the thing that will stop the pain is either a new job or someone telling her it wasn’t her fault. But a life event such as this could benefit from some reflection.