By Brenda J.Norris, Bangor Daily News March 14, 2009
On Feb. 13, Maine made the national news in a positive way. The Oxford School Department needed to reduce its budget by $400,000 in order to keep things up and running. After slashing everything they could, they still came up with a figure equal to seven positions that would have to be cut. Rather than seeing their friends unemployed, everyone volunteered to work one day a week without pay.I enjoy reading the religion section of the Bangor Daily News. I don't always agree with what is there, but it is frequently uplifting. One of the nice things about living in a state with a small population is that people genuinely care for their neighbors. Our local food panty is sponsored by all four churches in town and when a local person is in need the town rallies behind that person. Ms. Norris ends her article with:
This is nothing new. Several years ago, a small company of six employees in the town of Robinhood was faced with a slowdown in business. The most recently hired would have to be laid off if they were to remain open, but they all decided to donate a day’s pay a week so that person could remain on the work force. Eventually business picked up and everyone was back on full salary.
Shame on us if we sit back with folded hands and say, “It’s not my fault; I didn’t vote for them.” Rather our hands should be folded in prayer, as per 1st Timothy 2:1-2: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.”Amen.
Let’s pray it forward!