"Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see visions, and your old men will have dreams." (Acts 2:17)
One day there was life in this home. Folks went through the day-to-day necessities of life and even celebrated special moments. The house was cleaned and repaired. Seasons changed, and years passed until finally there was no life left in the home. The door closed for the final time and the house began to succumb to the elements.
As we passed this old house on our scenic train ride I couldn't help but wonder about the folks who called it home. They came -- they left... What next? That's the kicker often times, isn't it? What's next? If only we could know all the details before we walk away from our comfort and follow the dream! Stay by the comforting hearth - or walk out the door and follow the dream... Tough, isn't it, even scary. But what would life be like without the dream?
As Peter and the other disciples of Jesus muddled through the first days without Jesus after his ascension into heaven, they passed a critical moment. Would they return to the comfort of their former lives before their transformation by Jesus, or would they follow the dream inspired by God's Spirit to help transform the world? Comfort or dream? Comfort or dream? Comfort or dream? Peter stepped forth and proclaimed, "...God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone... old men will have dreams."
Our communities today need the dreams inspired by the Spirit, and folks who are willing to walk out of their comfort and follow those dreams. We need the Spirit's dream of peace, justice, and hope. We need those who will keep following... wherever the dream may lead. I pray that God will help me continue the journey and follow the dream. How about you?
Blessings and Peace,
Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia
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