well, not really all that hot, but the heat is up and running today. the plumbers (yes, plural) suggested that i pray over it so i laid my hands on the *&#% thing and called out, "BE HEALED!"
and after they worked on it for almost 2 hours it was working again.
we still need a new furnance, which will include needing a new chimney and major electrical work, but the house is actually warm again!
God's peace y'all