Do you have dreams?
Do you have dreams?
Perhaps you are dreaming of a long, hot, relaxing summer. Maybe you are hoping for good exam results for yourself or someone you care about. Perhaps you have a vision of a better world, where the news isn’t full of despair and disaster. Maybe you dream of being rich and famous! We have all sorts of dreams, with all levels of seriousness from wild fantasies to dreams we commit our lives to. These dreams can be ours alone, or we may share them with our families, our communities and wider groups.
What shapes our dreams? What makes a dream worth shaping our lives around? Through the prophet Joel, God promised to share God’s vision and dreams with people - big dreams for the whole world. God said, “I will pour out my spirit on everyone: your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your old folk will have dreams and your young folk will see visions. At that time, I will pour out my Spirit even on servants, both men and women.” (Joel 2:28-29)
Christians believe that promise was kept on a Pentecost day in Jerusalem nearly 2000 years ago. That day we’re told that all Jesus’ friends and followers were gathered together when God’s Holy Spirit came on them, with a noise like a rushing wind and what looked like tongues of fire. Those women and men, very ordinary, flawed, confused women and men, like the rest of us, were transformed. They found themselves speaking aloud in many languages, telling everyone “all the great things that God has done” (see Acts 2:1-21 for the whole story). Amongst the chaos, Peter, a very ordinary, flawed, confused fisherman, explained to the crowd that this was God’s promise coming true, God’s Spirit coming on young and old, women and men, slaves and free, no matter who. Filled by God’s Spirit, their minds and hearts were opened. They could dream God’s dreams, glimpse God’s vision, and share all the wonderful things God does. They could do this through God’s love, that love Jesus had shown in his life and death.
God’s vision is big. Dreams of justice and peace for the whole world. A vision of love and welcome for all people, no matter who they are. Messages of hope and healing, for a world that so needs to hear it. These are also dreams that everyone can dream. No-one is too old, no-one is past it. No-one is too young to contribute or share. No-one’s gender, status, wealth or poverty stops them from dreaming. “Whoever calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.” Whoever. Whenever. Wherever. All can be filled with God’s Spirit, all can dream, and all can be transformed. This summer, I hope you get some time to dream – for yourself, for your loved ones, for your community, for the world. As Oscar Hammerstein wrote in “Happy Talk”: “You gotta have a dream, if you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” And as we dream, may we open our minds and hearts, so that God’s Spirit may fill us, that we might all dream God’s dreams, see God’s visions, and follow Jesus in making them come true.
Rev. Jenny M Adams
Minister of Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman Church