So it's 06.06.06. Everybody real skeered?
Yeah. I didn't think so.
Anyway, in honor of this day and all the media hype thereof, I thought I'd share a funny eschatology story, courtesy of my pastor. (Whom I don't think will mind that I'm stealing it from his sermon Sunday.)
My pastor knows a couple, two gentleperson farmers, in northern Michigan; one of the spouses is a former nun. Back in her sisterly days, she went to a lecture given by Jürgen Moltmann, one of the greatest theologians of the last century, speaking on eschatology. As you might expect, the lecture hall was packed with serious Doctor of Divinity types; and as you might also expect, the lecture was extremely dry and academic.
At the end of the lecture Moltmann held a question time, and of course the audience peppered him with very scholarly queries loaded with polysyllabic theologyspeak. Then the nun -- a very tiny woman -- raised her hand. Moltmann asked her for her question.
"So -- what's the end of the world going to be like, anyway?"
The great Dr. Moltmann paused for a second.
"Vell, little lady," he answered, "it's going to be a zurrrrprise!"