'I have a dream'
Do you know how important it is to have dreams? Do you realise that without dreams, hope and aspirations you will not succeed in life? Well, our scripture reading today is about dreams and visions.
Accordingly, the meditation on it in a current edition of 'Christ in our home', a spiritual resource of the evangelical Lutheran church in America, is most relevant to all Christian in the world today. So let me share it with you
Reading: Joel 12:18-22
Your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. (v. 28)
'I have a dream'. Those words of Martin Luther King Jr. echo in our collective memory in a time of oppression and prejudice, of injustice and suffering-when hope has long since dried up and turned into nightmares-it is difficult to dream dreams and see visions. It takes courage and conviction, trust and faith in God's promises and God's presence.
In a day when the people of God faced famine and despair, the prophet Joel spoke God's word of hope and promise.
I have a dream, the prophet writes-of rain to nourish the parched land, of a plenteous and abundant harvest, of an awareness of God's spirit enabling young and old, men and women, to dream, to hope, and to proclaim a word of praise and thanksgiving.
For what do you hunger? Where is there hopelessness and suffering? Is it difficult to dream and to have hope? Read again the focus verse from Joel. The Holy Spirit, present and moving in our lives, gives us the courage to dare to dream of a time of wholeness and fulfilment. Dare to be a dreamer. Envision what the Spirit can do.
God, give us courage and faith to trust in your promises and presence, in Christ our Lord. Amen.