Five years ago, I began this journey to Unitarian Universalist ministry. This part of the trek neared its conclusion a couple of weeks ago as the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland invited me to candidate for their settled ministry position. I am thrilled and share their excitement at the potential for finding a good fit after years of hard work and dedication. I can hardly wait to drive up in a few weeks and meet the folks I hope to spend many happy years with.
Of course, the cosmos needed balance and a few days later the plumber came to fix the blocked sewer line at the house. When the plumber tells you that he has never seen a situation before, you know it is bad news. Apparently my property had a septic tank that no one ever knew about (including the boro), which county codes demand must be removed. So, my ant of financial flexibility to get me through until I start my new position just got stomped by a total bill of $16,500.
As the events unfolded, the scenario morphed from the merely tragic to the existentially comic. It is amazing how we can agonize over a $1.00 coupon at the grocery store, but then once the damages hit five figures, the amounts simply become a blur.
Driving back to Smithton after getting the news, my mood sank. Suddenly, the traffic ahead of me on the highway ground to a halt. A few minutes later, the three lanes of traffic inched around an accident that must have happened literally a minute before I got to it. Pieces of a car lay splayed across the road and emergency vehicles were just starting to arrive. I immediately called my son back at the house and left a message that we would figure out a way to get through this, and that things could always be far worse.
As I wrote this posting, I got a call from my daughter Ashley, who had just returned from her sonogram appointment. My first grandchild, due in early September, is a girl and looks very healthy. There is also no sign of cleft palate/lip, which was a worry since Ashley’s mother was born with it.
So, all in all, I would say that the cosmic tumblers are still falling in my favor. I may not be buying many books or records in the near future, but I have my health, two great and happy adult children, and the hope of a fantastic ministry for years to come — and that’s enough for me.
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Best wishes to you Jeff as you make your way through an unexpected challenge. The folks here at the UU Fellowship of Midland are really looking forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks!
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