Daily Archives: January 2, 2013

My this be a merciful month

1.  Six days prior to Christmas, the kitchen cabinets almost came a-tumblin’ down.

2.  Five days prior to Christmas, the dishwasher is on the fritz.

3.  Four days prior to Christmas, a pipe in the basement has a leak.

4.  A week after Christmas, I pay the down-payment on the foundation repair.  I could be buying a new car for what this costs.

5.  A week after Christmas, I sign a contract on a new roof for the back porch, and for some repairs on the garage, including security upgrades.

6.  A week after Christmas, on the very same day as 4. and 5. above, I am standing in five inches of water in the bathtub by the time the shower is over.

7.  A week after Christmas, yet the same day, the reputable plumber puts his snake through an aging pipe, and I have nasty water running through the dining room ceiling and onto the floor.  And a promise that some new plumbing (and tearing up of the upstairs bathroom floor) is going to occur very soon.  And I’m without a shower at home.

On this day, the UN announced that the death toll in Syria is now over 60,000.  My little problems are petty, although irksome.  I’m grateful that I have the blessing of the financial wherewithal to deal with these problems.  If I have to work for another year or two to pay the debt, then I’ll teach until I’m 80 rather than 77.  Such is life.

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.