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.