I began class last night by inviting the kids to join me in another room that I had set up with my “crystal ball!” I have a light fixture – a globe – that is tinted white and I placed a battery operated flickering candle inside of it and wrapped a purple cloth around the base of it. All of the lights in the room were turned off and I had a CD playing in the background with a chant-like melody.
The kids “oohed” and “ahhed” and were immediately drawn to the crystal ball. They asked if I was going to predict the future and I said, “Yes, who wants to have me predict their future?” Naturally, they fell all over each other to be the one chosen! I picked one of the young men and then proceeded to look into my crystal ball. They actually grew silent, waiting for me to “divine” this young man’s future! After a dramatic pause, I said, “I see a very handsome and successful man…” I paused again briefly and then said, “Oops, that’s just my reflection!” They got a good laugh out of this and then I told them that the jig was up…I can’t predict the future. I think they were genuinely disappointed. I went on to make the following points:
- I talked about how some people actually go to psychics, looking for clues about their future.
- I asked why some people would do this. One young lady said that some people are “paranoid about the future.”
- I said that it’s true that we often react to the future with fear. I said that there are 2 other ways that people typically react to the future aside from fear: despair and hope.
- I said that Advent reminds us that we are called to be a people of hope, looking to the future with confident joy knowing only one thing for certain: God will be in our future because he’s always with us. We need not fear the future because the Holy Spirit is with us at all times and will be coming to them in a special way in Confirmation.
This made for a nice segue into the remainder of the evening in which we looked at the symbols of the Holy Spirit as I described in yesterday’s post. At the end of the evening, when I asked my kids to each state one thing they learned that evening, one of the boys good-naturedly said, “I learned that you can’t predict the future.” I laughed and said, “But what’s the one thing I said that we can count on?” He said, “God.” I congratulated him and said, “See, you remembered one thing that I said tonight!
Tomorrow, I’ll tell you about the parts that did not go so well.