by John Barnett

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Refuge for the Loneliness of Life: Job Loss (9 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

Christ is our refuge. He is the place we go when life gets tough. When we feel unclean--flee to Him. When we feel to weary to go on--flee to Him. And again this evening--when we feel the river of loneliness flooding the banks of our lives--flee to Him!

David faced the loss of his job and with it his security and comfort. Everything changes when you lose your job. It is like going from breathing to holding your breath. Everyone else has places to go and things to do--and you have nothing to do and if you went you wouldn't want to spend any money.

Our world is increasingly noting the mental and emotional troubles that come hand in hand with losing your job. Recently the headlines of Germany's largest newspaper read, "Germany's new 'great depression'". Here is the article:

Record numbers of Germans are suffering from depression and other mental illnesses, a new report says. According to the research, by a German health insurance firm, cases of depression among Berliners have risen by 70% since 1997. Up to 70% of Germans also say they are prepared to seek professional help for psychological problems. Mental health experts blamed the rise on Germany's faltering economy, which has seen unemployment rise to over 5m. German insurance firm DAK surveyed 2.6m employed Germans in an effort to discover the impact depression is having on modern working patterns.

Vicious circle. Workers in Germany's capital, regarded as one of Europe's most vibrant modern cities, emerged as an unhappy bunch more likely to miss work through depression than for any other reason. "In times of economic insecurity, young people in particular tend to develop psychological problems in response to professional and private obstacles," said DAK's Chief Executive Herbert Rebscher.

Nevertheless, most respondents said they would rather be depressed with a job than unemployed and happy. "How wil ...

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