I have a friend who is getting married in June, near Boston. Due to unforseen circumstances, her wedding officiant has had to drop out of the wedding. The first line replacement also cannot make the journey. I, being a clergy member + friend of the Bride was asked if I could step in.
No, they are not getting married in a church. No, they are not members of an organized religious group. No, they don't want a Judge or JP to do the ceremony, they want someone who means something to them to officiate.
My reality, at the moment, is that I live paycheck to paycheck. I don't say that seeking pity, it's my reality right now and there is a light at the end of that tunnel (a major expense is going away probably this year, certainly next year). But I don't have money sitting around nor do I have sufficient available credit to be able to plop it onto a credit card (Yes, I know that is totally fiscally irresponsible).
I cried as I wrote the email telling her I can't do it. Not little tears... a big, ugly cry.
I want so much for some miracle to occur that would make it possible for me to be able to do this. I know that it isn't forthcoming, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to be able to write her back and tell her the situation has changed and I can and will be there.
They say if your problems can be solved with money, that you really have no problems. Again I say that apparently the people who say that never have any money-related issues.