November 25, 2020
Those Who Dream
Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved.
Happy Thanksgiving! I know, I know it’s not the same and it’s going to be a hard day for many because of the pandemic. But I do believe that we can still live in gratitude for what we have been given. The theme of the FaithBridge 14th Annual Interfaith Celebration on Sunday was “A Season of Love and Gratitude.”
During the service we talked about two questions, which I thought were helpful for me to recenter myself as I too have been caught up in feeling a bit sad about the holidays not being the same this year. The questions were:
- In this time of challenges, what gives you hope?
- Do you find a connection in your life between love and gratitude?
I was asked to read quotes of love and gratitude toward justice in the service. I read quotes from a variety of leaders and texts: Mother Teresa, the Bhagavad Gita, Albert Einstein, Nouman Ali Khan, Anguttara Nikaya Sutta, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, and Helen Keller. As I read these quotes during the service, I couldn’t help but think that these words were from people who dreamed and saw the world from a new perspective, a hopeful perspective.
Our theme for Advent which starts this Sunday, November 29 is “Those Who Dream.” This theme is for the dreamers in all of us, those who dream of a deeper connection with God and those who dream for a better world. It’s for those who dream of comfort and for those who have given up on their dreams. It’s for those whose dreams have been crushed and for those who show us that dreams take time. Join us as we seek and spread God’s dreams for our world.
Here are some guiding questions and a poem to prepare you for this Sunday:
- What are God’s dreams for our world?
- Where and how do we glimpse God’s dreams unfolding in our lives?
- What does it mean to be a faithful dreamer-immersing ourselves in God’s holy imagination and taking action to make change?
- In this season of Advent, how is God luring us toward wonder and awe?
A Peace Dream
Of a loving world
Where we see each other
With God's eyes;
Of a resourceful world
Where we cherish the unique gift
Of each other.
Of a hopeful world
Where we recognize the power of God's grace
To transform and make new;
I dream of peace.
— Claire Smith, Guyana
My prayer for you this week, even in this pandemic, is that you find love and gratitude in this season and dare to dream.
In Christ’s peace and hope,