First Sunday of Advent
One weekend in the fall of 2000, I was in sixth grade and hanging out with a friend. Soon it was about noon and my friend, Dave, asked, “Dan, are you getting hungry? Do you want something for lunch?”
“Sure,” I replied.
“How about macaroni and cheese?” he asked.
“Sounds good,” I said.
We left the living room, but also walked through the kitchen. “This is a little bit odd,” I thought. Then we walked out the back door to the backyard. “This is just plain weird,” I thought. Then, we walked up to a fairly large tin shed in the backyard and opened the door. We entered the shed and there was our lunch. Stacked from floor to ceiling were canned vegetables, dried fruit and meat, and of course many, many boxes of macaroni and cheese.
Dave’s family was well prepared to survive Y2K. As most of you remember, Y2K was a national and international scare that seized many. Virtually all computer systems accounted for the date using two numerals each for month, day, and year. January 1st, 1999 would be 01/01/99. The fear was that when we reached the year 2000 all of the computers would think that it was 1900 and not 2000. For reasons that I don’t really understand, there were also rumors going around that led many people to believe that this could lead to a sort of apocalyptic scenario. National defenses would be compromised and economic institutions would be utterly incapacitated all because the date was wrong on our computers.
Obviously none of this came to pass. Year 2000 came and no nukes were detonated and the financial infrastructure of the world did not crumble. Dave’s family had feared this doomsday Y2K scenario and planned accordingly. When it didn’t come to pass they were left with a lifetime supply of boxed macaroni and cheese and canned green beans.
When the world looks like it is ending, how should we respond? Continue reading