This is a journal of my experiences as a pastor. It's the real stuff, folks. I've removed identifying details.
I will admit to being someone who worried significantly about the Mayan prophecy....I first read about it about 15 years ago, and it has occupied my thoughts rarely in the last 14 years, but increasingly in the last year. It seemed as though there was a feeling that some things in the world were increasing in scope, horrendous weather, political upheaval of apocalyptic proportions and a seeming degradation of moral values among entire cultures even civilizations. It seemed something epic was coming to a boiling point.You are right however, this a moment when we can examine that anxiety and perhaps avoid it in the future or fall into the same routine with something else.I would like to say that I have learned my lesson, and I will view such things much more skeptically in the future, I sure hope so. I think, however, I will always be somewhat of a victim to this kind of hysteria and fear mongering.I envy the people who can look at this sort of nonsense and see it for what it really is.....I just don't think I can ever count myself among their number.I am just damn glad it will soon be December 22, 2012.
Anonymous, I'm not sure if things are worse of if we're just more aware of more than when we were younger. We all have our issues. We all get anxious. There are many things I'm no longer afraid of, but there are many ways in which I am more fearful than ever before. I feel more skeptical too, and yet I have more hope than I did as a younger man. I have grown to believe that world peace can be accomplished and I believe hunger could be abolished. I don't think we have to have more prisons--that there is a better way to deal with issues that lead to crime. I mean, why not?