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It’s never a good day:

*  When your anti-perspirant starts to fail you…and it’s not even 9 a.m.

*  When you seem to hit every red light on the way to work.

*  When you know you have a pile of work to do and a limited amount of time in which to do it.

*  When you wake up with a headache because your child crawled in bed with you at 1:00 a.m., terrified, and you couldn’t get him to go back to his own bed.

*  When your boss is more confident in your abilities than you are…and he’s expecting you to do something you have never done before…

Our church family has suffered a number of losses in the past two months, and two of those losses were late last week, and so I have had to prepare for two large funerals this week . Normally the extent my responsibility is preparing the service bulletins and the song sheets. But for yesterday’s funeral, we also needed someone to run the sound board, something I have never done before. Our youth pastor would be available to set it up and had it been a usual service (i.e., the pastor using a wireless headset and the tribute speakers using the pulpit mic) I probably could have handled it. Hubby had pointed out a few highlights Sunday morning. Instead, we had a worship band – guitars, vocalists, and drums – as well as a PowerPoint presentation synched with a cd…and songs on an MP3 player (or an iPod – I honestly have no idea)! The board is covered in knobs and sliding buttons…and red lights and masking tape labels…. It’s intimidating…

It only has 32 channels...

It only has 32 channels…

On Monday, I made arrangements for Little Guy to go home after school with a friend. On Tuesday, phone calls were made to try to line someone else to come in and either run it, or help me to run it…but the final answer didn’t come until Wednesday morning! Hallelujah! I was saved…which meant the extra time I would have been working the board, could be put toward preparing for today’s funeral.

The pressure was off…and the dress I was wearing was…well it was as soggy as a bowl of cereal that has been left sitting on the counter for the morning. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to wear it again. My energy level soon followed and I had to drag myself through the rest of my day. At some point, I should learn what all the buttons and knobs are for…but please, not today…there’s another funeral.