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Monday, February 19, 2018

Joseph's Dreams are Crazy!

The Genesis passage which details Joseph’s dreams is well known.  I’ve read it, or heard the story told in countless different ways, over and over again, spanning decades of life.  I do not think it was until this morning that I exclaimed, “This is crazy!”

“Hey family!  My wheat is greater than yours…  And the sun, moon, and stars?  They’re (you’re) going to bow down to me!”

No wonder Joseph’s brothers were a little miffed…

If you know the continuing story of Joseph, you also know it takes many twists and turns before it resolves in any kind of redemptive way, but I don’t want to jump ahead… It’s good reading for the coming week…

So, let’s look at just this one part.  Joseph’s dreams are crazy.  Maybe they’re even insulting.  But they’re real, and they’re worth a second thought (which his father Jacob gives them, if silently).

What about our dreams?

Lent is a pretty good time of year to consider the space and silence for which we might need to make room as we discern our next steps in life.  At least, that’s what I was thinking until I opened up to I Corinthians 1:18-19:

“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’”

Well, OK then… for today, just the dreams…


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