Advent is a time of expectation and our expectations often set the trajectory of our lives.
Paul was a person that could have been easily disillusioned by life. But Paul was not disillusioned for one reason—he had no illusions about his life or human life in general. This is not to say that Paul did not have ideals—because he did. Rather it is to say that Paul’s sense of truth and reality led him to one certain conclusion. This conclusion is that people without God are as good as dead.
To think that we can live without God is to live with a set of ridiculous expectations. Expectation is a perspective that we bring to human experience. If you have a certain expectation, then you will experience life in a certain way. Everyone has expectations, and those who expect nothing from life have that dour viewpoint as their expectation.
For example, in the 1960s a teacher was given a roster showing the actual IQ test scores of the students of one class, and for another class a roster in which the one column had been (mistakenly) filled in with the students’ locker numbers. The teacher assumed that the locker numbers were the actual IQs of the students when the rosters were posted at the beginning of the semester. After a year it was discovered that in the first class the students with high actual IQ scores had performed better than those with low ones. But in the second class the students with higher locker numbers scored significantly higher than those with lower locker numbers!
What are your expectations for this Christmas and for the new year 2017?
Our Service of Remembrance & Healing will be held this Sunday, December 18, at 4:00 pm in the Chapel. All are welcome.