Times have been difficult here, and I thank you all for your prayers. Below is a summary I extracted from one note I've written in reply to some of the kind thoughts that have been sent to me:
With regard to me personally, I am all right. All went well with me and I've been assured that I am valued. With regard to the business, it was less bad than predicted--something like 10% rather than the rumored 30%. With regard to my department, it was much worse (in percentage) than predicted. We suffered something like a 40% loss. While that number is big, we were a small department, so few people were released and there are only two that I'm seriously concerned about financially--one a single mother of four with a husband who breaks into her house and steals things; the other a single woman in Boston. Please keep these women in your prayers. While the others all need prayers, as well, these are the two that weigh on my heart the most.
Please continue to pray for all of those, some of whom have been noted in the comments to my previous post, who have lost their jobs and who struggle to find work in the difficult economy of today. May God bless them and help them through the difficult times through the agency of people like ourselves. May He bless me and all the willing the the means and the desire to help those around us.
Thank you all for your concern and prayers, they carried me through a difficult time.