The Lord gives, the Lord takes away - Blessed be the Name of the Lord
While this does not put me on the street immediately, it is a difficult challenge for our family to have our income cut nearly in half (I am currently the sole source of income). We have means to manage for a while, but not forever, at such levels, without putting the farm up for sale.
I am trying to see this in a good light - a nudge to move on from an excellent paying, but not spiritually satisfying, career/employment. However, having recently purchased a small farm as part of our dream to achieve a little more self-sufficiency, and pursue some long hoped for things, it is a blow insofar as, pending figuring out alternatives to make up that income, we could face losing it again, in the long run. I hoped to be able to plant the vineyard this year which would make the farm pay for at least the taxes and mortgage on it in 3-5 years. But perhaps now we will be lucky to simply hang on through the next growing season with what we have (which is quite a blessing in itself).
I remind myself that we are but dust - and it profits a man nothing to gain the world but lose his soul. There is but One thing needful, in the end. We are only stewards of the land, for as long as we are granted to be stewards. Nevertheless, as a father and a husband, it is difficult to not be anxious that all that can be done for the family has been done.
Of your charity, I humbly ask for your prayers. Many face more dire circumstance each day, not even knowing what they may have to eat or where to sleep. Me, weak man that I am, am troubled by little things. Pray that I not be troubled by little things. Pray that what things the Lord would desire of me will be revealed to me in some fashion, and that I will not be blind to His purposes.