Albert Einstein defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” Without faith we are doomed to the insanity of living our lives in an unbroken circle of boring sameness. This insanity is a form of totalitarianism that makes it impossible for an individual to be fully human. To be fully human a person needs to dream and hope, and believe in life’s endless possibilities. In a world of abortion, and a world without religious principles, and in a world without God, we are doomed to live out our days in quiet desperation. For the believer this desperation is called sin. Sin is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
During the season of Advent, we have been challenged by the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist to prepare a way for the Lord. Advent fills us with the expectation that God is about to enter the human experience in a new way. The words of the preface of Christmas tell us how God will remove the insanity of sin; “In the wonder of the incarnation your eternal Word has brought to the eyes of faith a new and radiant vision of your glory. In him we see our God made visible and so are caught up in the love of the God we cannot see.”
May the love of the God we cannot see be made visible in your lives this Christmas and in the lives of those you love. As E.E. Cummings writes; “A baby is God’s opinion that life should continue.” May this child of dreams, the word made flesh, fill us with new hope and endless possibilities this Christmas, and in the New Year.