What are your dreams? May 25.2012

ACTS 2:16-21 

“This is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
 ‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

This is Peter’s response to the events of what we now call Pentecost. He and the other disciples as well as hundreds if not thousands of Jews from every nation were gathered together and suddenly a rush of wind roars in an tongues of fire dance on their heads and the words of the disciples are heard by each person gathered in their own native tongue. Peter’s response to the crowd’s jeers and suggestions that they are drunk is to quote this beautiful text from Joel.

A prophetic word that describes a time of new life, of creativity and imagination. A time in which that liminal space that we sometimes call thin places, where the division between the ordinary and sacred gets blurry, where God seems to be in the very air we breathe. The place where the Spirit blows in and the winds change. The space where dreams and visions flourish.

Where are the places dreams and visions flourish in your own experiences? When have you been invited to speak of your dreams, or a prophetic word of hope? Where have you heard and seen such things?

May you find your way to such sacred spaces,
May you know it when you arrive,
May the Spirit of God be revealed in both
the ordinary and the extraordinary places,
May the Holy Spirit stir your dreams and
open your mouth to speak words of love,
And may these experiences have the
power to transform your communities.