August 15, 2012
Excerpt from Genesis 41:14-36
"And Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.' Joseph answered Pharaoh, 'It is not I; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.'"
Reflection by Ron Buford
The Rev. Wil Green, who was both a pastor and psychologist, led a group through a series of dream workshops in which we shared our dreams. We each imagined having had the dream of one person who would share his or her dream. As we each shared the dream's meaning for us, the original dreamer took notes and identified interpretations that resonated. The group became the "Joseph" of this biblical story. The idea of the group was that God speaks though our dreams in symbols or code so that our conscious mind will not suppress them and divinely inspired messages can get through.
Pay attention to those hunches, don't suppress them. Humility that hides a Divine message does not glorify God, our maker. Test significant dreams, visions, or hunches with others, and then prayerfully act on them. Your dream, vision, or thought may be the difference between life and death, for you, for someone you love, for a generation, for the world. If it isn't, after discernment and prayer, know when to let go.
What is the dream or hunch God gave you? God is still sending Divine hunches, many more than we acknowledge.
Gracious God, Help me discern and share the dreams and thoughts you give me today that have divine purpose. Amen.
About the Author
Ron Buford is Interim Minister for Discipleship at Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts. The former coordinator of the UCC's God is still speaking campaign, Ron consults with UCC conferences and churches across the nation and appears in the DVD-based progressive theology series, Living the Questions 2.0.
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