"It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him." -Daniel 2:22
"Do not fear, for I am with you..." -Isaiah 43:5
"...we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion." -Daniel 9:18

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Turn the Page

It is time to turn the page and get on with the next chapter of our lives. Al was fired from his job yesterday. They say it was because of work slowdown, but we know different. There was never anything in writing, but it was clearly stated verbally that they were tired of him not being able to be at the office full time and did not like the amount of money he was costing them in insurance premiums.
Al is understandably upset about the whole thing, but handling it very well. We had been expecting it and preparing for it, but it was still a blow. We feel good that we heeded God's urging for us to get things done. Clean out the house, put all but the essentials in storage, put the property on the market, move my mom, etc. It has been a small consolation that we were somewhat prepared.
They are going to pay for COBRA for 18 months, but only 1 month salary. After that - who knows? Al has already begun the process to start drawing his retirement from a previous employer and to collect unemployment from this present one. But those things all take time to kick in. He will be applying for disability in the next week or so, but no money there for, at least, 6 months.
It has been said that they probably broke the law in firing him because he is disabled. But, legally, I am not sure if he is classified as disabled or not. He does have a terminal illness, but will that hold up in court? Will they discontinue the COBRA payments if we file a lawsuit against them? Is this the right path to take? Don't know.
Our kids and our friends have been very supportive. Offering to help pay bills and stuff. We really appreciate all the prayers and advice. We are just taking it day to day, minute by minute. Waiting to see what the Lord has for us next.
As we will not be able to pay our home equity loan, we probably have about 3 months before we get evicted from our place. It's possible I could get a job before then or the place could sell. Things are not looking too bright in either of these categories.
I am cross-eyed from job-hunting on-line every day! I try to keep records of what jobs I have applied for, but it is so confusing. The switch you from this website to another and then another, with all kinds of advertments in between. Some of them are quite deceiving, trying to get you to sign up for information on college institutions or ringtones, etc. There are no actual people you can talk to anymore. Your life is in the hands (or keys) of your computer.
So, for the next few weeks we are okay. We just won't look any further down the road than that. My prayer is that Al would not get discouraged in the amount of paperwork it is going to take to get all this stuff underway. That he would not see this situation as a failure on his part. He did the best he could possibly do under the circumstances.
Pray for God to guide us - inch by inch. And that we would LISTEN and act according to what He wants us to do.

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