Andy writes this month.....
The World Cup dream for England is over.........
......at least for another four years. Expectations have not been high, but
there was always a chance. After all, as Jimmy Greaves said, ‘football
is a funny old game’ – an observation which nurtures the hope of
the outsider’s chance of success. Much has been said, pre-World
Cup, about the theory that low expectations can actually help our
footballers not to feel as pressured by the collective national hope,
something that seems to have taken its toll upon previous squads.
But enough about football.
How does this worldview of not expecting much play out in life in
general? Francis Bacon said this: “Imagination was given to man to
compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humour to console him
for what he is.” In other words, we can dream of being the best,
but in the end we have to recognise our weakness and defuse our
disappointment with humour.
Over my twenty-plus years
in Christian ministry I have witnessed - and sometimes recognised in
myself – many weaknesses, many times of disappointment and many
occasions where expectations have died abruptly. But I have also seen
the rebirth of hope, the rising again of expectations as those who
suffer under the disillusionment of dashed hopes and destroyed dreams
are comforted, supported and nurtured by a caring community. My own
context is of course within the church, but this is by no means a
blessing restricted to Christian communities; it is a facet of our
humanity which confounds somewhat Bacon’s humorous but incomplete
picture of what we are. Rather than using our imagination to dream of
what we will never be, let’s imagine what a difference our caring
would make to those who feel devalued and devastated by the loss of
something they hoped or expected to have or be.
The Bible tells us that
God is full of love and compassion, and that we are made in his
image. Jesus said that he came to bring us life ‘in all its
fullness’, words the deeper meaning of which I believe are worth
exploring for all of us.
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