The experience of not having a job, for whatever reason, is not a good one. The dependancy on state support can be very debilitating, not least because of the self-image one soon aquires. A sense of irrelevance and uselessness, especialy if you are isolated from freinds and family is sometimes quite overwhelming. It can demand a huge effort to break out of this self-perception and even then one tends to fall back into it quickly.
In my case, I do not complain, but nonetheless the hoplessness is real and trying to face the prospect of dealing with a legacy of childhood sexual abuse by making formal allegations is hard to face. Added to this, not being part of a christian Community (other than you good people) is a constant stress as worship and support that I have had all my life is no longer there.
I want you to pray for all who are unemployed and all who are isolated, and if you can, look at what you can do for those in your own community who are in this sort of situation.
My life has been dedicated to helping others, both as a Social Worker and as a Priest, and I believe that God has a purpose for me, and for us all. As our country faces more job losses the need is great but we are part of a worldwide family and it is important for us to think also of those in other countries who face isolation and have no work, people who live in countries where the state does not offer support of any kind.