This Sunday, Neal is preaching a sermon called "A Dream Dreaming Us" based on the story of Jacob's dream from Genesis 28:10-17. Neal and I were talking about dreaming earlier this week. We talked about the dreams many have had for significant events like graduations or weddings that have been affected by the pandemic. I also thought about those who have had dreams for their businesses or work that have been impacted by this event, or those who dreamed of a certain kind of retirement, only to have those dreams fade. I am looking forward to how Neal will speak to us about all of this.
When the Bible speaks of dreams, it is often telling a story of God speaking to someone through a dream. In the Bible, dreams are not usually something created in the mind of the person - they are usually vehicles for receiving a message from God. That is the case with Jacob in Sunday's Bible story.
In our time, we have those who dream of a better world. Dr. King was one of those who spoke of his dream - a dream that continues to speak to us today:
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. . . . I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. . . .