I Have A Dream

Sometimes words feel cheap. Empty. Spoken, then soon forgotten.

So today, rather than try to craft an inspiring blog, I’m just going to be a signpost.

Last Wednesday, as I was setting up the laptop to join the evening prayer meeting, the TV was on. The riot in Washington was underway and I was distracted. And horrified.

I tuned back in after the meeting and things were deteriorating fast.

And all because one deluded man incited others to a destructive anarchy.

Truly heartbreaking.

Three days from now the US will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

King, baptist pastor and civil rights leader, devoted his life to his dream - racial equality and justice. That his children would grow up to live in a nation where they would not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.

In August 1963 he delivered a speech which must surely rank amongst the greatest of all time.
Ironically, the words were spoken just a mile away from last week’s informal presidential rally.
And one enlightened man inspired others to a better humanity.

So today, I encourage you to have a read or have a listen to what he said.

And then reflect.

Do I have a dream?

Maybe for this new year, my family, workplace, church, local area, country, environment, or, or …

If so, what is it?

Can I sum it up in a sentence or two?

King said, “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope”.

We are surrounded by despairing people. Angry people. Hope-less people.

And it’s so easy to join in, get mad, get even or give up.

So how can I, in faith, “hew out … a stone of hope”?

What can I do today to honour God’s name, bring in his rule and do his will?

And tomorrow?

And this year?

Let’s start dreaming.

Angus Lyon