Do you know what it feels like to be a member of a church that regularly preaches self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness while you are receiving assistance? Every Sunday at least one person makes a comment about having enough money put aside and having enough food put aside. I agree, it is important.
It’s really hard to think back on our life. When employed we were hardly making ends meet, but we were trying, and we certainly were not living an extravagant life at the expense of putting away for a rainy day. It’s hard to not feel like a failure every Sunday when we hear those comments and know that we have not been standing on our own feet for quite a while.
It’s more than humbling. It’s crushing.