by Mary Johnson, Director of Children's Ministries & ATB&B

There are no shortage of predictions on the internet for 2015: psychic, astrology, weather, and stock market to name a few. The weather forecast for the Midwest isn't expected to be as bad as it was last year with the prolonged Polar vortex, so that's good news. The stock market news is not as optimistic with some speculation of an economic collapse. Now that's depressing! I didn't bother to check out the psychic website since I place no credibility in this practice. As for the astrology predictions; I can check those out in the daily newspaper (highly unlikely) should I ever be curious about that. I wish there were predictions for a winning Cubs season and/or Bears season for 2015. But we've all been down that road before!

So what then, is the point of predictions? I suppose some folks have to know the answers. I have always had the attitude that too many folks want to know the answers to things before they know what the questions will be. That would be the Carnac the Magnificent approach: tell me the answer and then I'll come up with the question. It made for some great laughs on the Johnny Carson show.

But when the predictions of some well-intentioned individuals create a public response that is more hurtful than helpful, I question the value of such predictions. One prediction I read was that "the 21st century will see technology change on an astonishing scale. It may even transform what it means to be human." With that quote, I quit reading predictions!

What does it mean to be human? It means that we are created in the image and likeness of God and we can celebrate that He loved us so much that He sent His only Son to live among us. That is what it means to be human. That is what we are in the Christmas season of celebrating. And what a beautiful, joyful season it is!

I can predict with some certainty that in 2015 I will still love my job here at Holy Comforter. And that ATB&B will finish this 2014-2015 school year with a fabulous celebration in April to celebrate our 20th year. I also predict that for those who join us on Sunday - or any other time during the week - you will find this to be a most warm and loving and welcoming respite in an otherwise unpredictable world. Happy New Year!