We’ve dedicated our sermons this month to dreaming. We are visiting several iconic stories and characters in the Bible that revolve around dreams. Sam started us off remembering the dreams of the Wise Men as they first found the infant Christ and then how they were warned in a dream NOT to return to Herod.
Last week I brought us back to the story of Jacob and how his beautiful dream of a ladder stretching up to heaven was transformational for him--how it changed the course of his life. Dreams have the power to do that.
This coming Sunday I will talk about the final dream in the Bible--a dream belonging to John of Patmos that we have come to know as the Book of Revelation. John’s dream was of something better--not a dream of personal transformation like Jacob’s, but a dream that would change an entire community or nation. This particular Sunday comes a day before the Martin Luther King holiday--a perfect opportunity to talk about dreaming of something better.
We just finished the Advent/Christmas season and our church was VERY active in our community. There was the H.G. Hill Holiday Mission Event and the Community Care Fellowship Christmas luncheon. There were over 50 of us involved directly. Then there was the collection of medication for our friends at Vedado in Cuba. I was moved by the generosity of our congregation and wanted to say “thank you”. Such missions can be interpreted in many ways--one of those must surely be that we dream of something better for those students at H.G. Hill that have needs and we dream of something better for those men and women at Community Care who need a hot meal and to be treated with dignity.
And not to be forgotten is our ongoing work with the homeless in Room In The Inn. I received a chilling message from our friends at Room In The Inn--a list of names of those homeless persons who died on our streets in 2018. Two pages worth of names. 123 names in all. Think of that for a moment. If a massive tornado came through Nashville and killed 123 people, we would consider that to be an epic tragedy. These 123 dead were hardly noticed and no one I know of has mentioned this as anything like a tragedy.
I believe we can dream of something better. I dream of a world where everyone has a place to sleep, warm and safe. I dream of a place where healthcare is a right of every person--not a commodity available only to those able to pay. I dream of a world where people have food enough to eat. I dream of a world of peace and no more war.
Do you dream of something better??