So the trumpets are blaring and the news hounds and houndlets are off on the chase. This time it is the prediction that the rapture will happen on May 21st this year.
Someone none of us heard of before, Harold Camping, a radio preacher, has determined that at 6PM PDT, May 21, 2011, the rapture will occur. Aside from the idea of the rapture being the result of one of the strangest readings of bits and pieces of the Holy Scriptures, the whole thing gives God a bad name.
And beside that, I am busy on the 21st. And precisely at 9 PM Eastern Daylight Time I plan to be bringing a good day to an end, it being my birthday. Normally birthdays are less and less interesting or important as years go by, but my hope is that at the end of this one no one I love will have been taken up up and away, and that I will not have been taken either (by death or rapture).
Episcopal Cafe has a nice story on all this, "T-minus 168 hours and counting...? I'm not counting on it, and not counting towards it. I'm not even counting years (much) except to say that the years have been good and I feel blessed.