Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Cathy's being "terminated"

Alrighty then. So, Cathy's being "terminated" instead of "fired." Originally, they were going to fire her, but human resources changed that to a termination instead. I can't say any more at this time, but her employer has agreed to a severence package and will be drawing it up. Until then, Cathy will just keep performing her job function.

What is unclear at this point is how the medical coverage will work. God is gracious: the Hepatitis C is completely over now. Cathy still has MRI's scheduled this month with Kaiser, so we'll have to see how medical works after her termination. My employer's carrier will pick us up without problems, but I wonder about the transition.

Since she is being terminated instead of fired, Cathy will receive unemployment benefits. That, along with my new (amount unknown) stipend from church should allow us to make the necessary changes to weather the shortfall in our income.

We have drawn great comfort in the ways that God has prepared us this past week. The sermon on Sunday was on no worrying about tomorrow. I had an insight on Monday that was related as well. Cathy had a prayer time Monday night which caused her to tell God that she is ready for whatever change He has in store for us. Then this happened.

The Bible, especially the Hebrew sections, tells us repeatedly to remember what God has done for us. Looking back over our ten years of marriage, God has seens us through many things, and has blessed us with many blessings. Remembering God's faithfulness gives us great confidence that this too shall pass. We will look back one day and remember this as a time when God showed us His faithfulness once again.

Verses which are particularly comforting include "do not worry about tomorrow" and "if anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask God." We don't know exactly what we're going to do next, except to look at our lifestyle and make some changes. At this point, we don't know when Cathy's last day is to be. Cathy had originally gone back to the office to pack her stuff, but was then told, "we didn't mean today." That seems odd to me, but hey, whatever happens next, Cathy will do her best and be a good example.


  1. Wow, that is very surprising. I will keep you both in prayer.

    Her work should offer her Cobra which basically just means that she can continue her current medical coverage after her employment BUT... she would have to pay the full premium for the coverage. If she gets let go in the middle of the month her medical coverage will continue until the end of the month. So, you may not need Cobra depending on her end date (I work in Human Resources so that's why I know.)

    I got "laid off" from a position a while back and the things that I have carried with me is that God has a plan in all of this and right now you sometimes just seem floored by it all but God will provide for your needs. Sometimes we don't know how bills get paid but they all manage to get paid. God is so good to us :)