June 15, 2020
Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Are your dreams more vivid these days? Do you find yourself seeing people you miss and feeling almost certain your dreams are really happening? NPR had an entire show on this phenomenon. Our dreams are a combination of high stress, altered routines, and hopes/fears for the future. One person shared that she had a dream of being on a boat but never being able to get to her destination. How scary! And perhaps reflective of feeling stuck, or watching folks who went on a cruise stranded on the ship with the coronavirus. Someone called me and told me they had a dream about Will. Sometimes I dream of being in worship in the sanctuary again. What are your dreams these days?
Isn't Psalm 126 a beautiful text? When the Lord restored our fortunes we were like those who dream. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with shouts of joy.
I would like to think we will experience that kind of exuberant elation when there is finally a vaccine for the coronavirus. When we can safely hug, and sing, and worship without fear, what a day that will be! A dream come true!
Or, can you imagine if the world joins with the thousands of people marching for justice to finally bring about a time when we can all affirm that indeed, black lives do matter? What a day that will be when we make structural and attitudinal changes to honor the lives and experiences and end the violence? If the world can change one heart at a time so that a person with black or brown skin doesn't have to fear for their future, what a day that will be. A dream come true!
God is certainly at work. And so should we. If we want an end to the virus we need to stay vigilant. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Honor safe distancing. Think about the good of others. Pray for a cure. If we want to change generations of racism and violence we need to stay vigilant. Demand justice for all who have been hurt. Use your power to lift others up. Listen to experiences other than your own. Make new relationships. Carry a prayer in your pocket and model for all children what it means to be a neighbor.
I hope you get time for a deep sleep tonight. And I hope you dream wonderful dreams. And I hope we can work to make the dreams we share come true.
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REv. Dean N. Prentiss
I am blessed to be the Pastor at Wesley Park UMC. Find Daily Lectionary Readings Here.