Six days left and nobody from above has been in touch with me to talk about how I cope with all this. For a start, where does a priest, who has been made redundant without having broken the law, or done anything immoral, or made any huge mistakes, go to worship God? I don't have the strength of character to go to some church the following Sunday and watch an employed priest do all the things that I am going to miss like I'd miss my heart if someone ripped it out. So, I lose my job, my vocation, my ministry and my access to worship all in one go.
Mind you, I'm not surprised. When I was poorly for years I received no pastoral help from those in authority or from my colleagues or from so called friends in the church. The only people who kept in touch were from my dog club, most of whom probably wouldn't even recognise a church let alone be seen inside one.
Sometimes the church is so crap at what it ought to be doing according to the teachings of its Lord.