Today’s Reading: Acts 13:44 NIV
44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the Word of the Lord.
My mother is quite a dreamer! She talks in her sleep all the time. When she was a little girl, Mom recalled how her brothers slept in one bedroom and she and her sisters in the bedroom next door. Mom shared a large poster bed with her two younger sisters. Mom’s place in bed was next to the wall of her brother’s room. She insists her parents often teased her because she and her younger brother Hayward would have conversations together while sleeping in separate rooms. They would ask questions and answer each other from separate bedrooms. Mom still dreams out loud today. Yesterday afternoon, while napping on my sofa, she was having a friendly conversation with Jesus. Her eyes were closed, yet, she conversed with Him as if He were right there sitting next to her. She was laughing and using hand gestures, in between snores. I didn’t get whole gist of her conversation, but she seemed so happy, smiling and enjoying sacred time with her forever friend.
Yesterday morning, we visited an assisted living facility not far from where Jeff and I live. The administrator told me about her mother’s home going. She said that her mother had lived a very active and long life. When the ravages of a stroke left her virtually immobile, she lay comatose for three days, struggling for every breath she took. Cathy and her sister were sitting on the bed with their mama, whispering that it was okay to go home and be with Jesus. The paralyzed woman, who couldn’t even move her toes, drew her very last breath, and as she did, lifted her right arm high above her head, as if she were taking the hand of her best friend. This was such a holy moment, precious and unscripted. Cathy learned a lot about faith through as she watched her own Mother pass from the life into eternity.
God’s Word speaks to us, in Sabbath moments and heartfelt dreams. Through His sweet, loving Spirit, we communicate with the Lord fully awake and in rim cycles, when our hearts are quiet and open to His still, small voice. The sweet dreams we dream become ingrained in our lives as we open our hearts and minds to His perfect Will.
Do you talk to Jesus when you sleep? Can you remember what He whispers in your ear? Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit speaking to you today in moments of worship, prayer and rest. May you find yourself caught up in a sweet dream with the Lord.
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO
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