“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
~ Harriet Tubman
Today’s Jesse Tree symbol is a multi-colored coat or a robe to remember Joseph. Joseph, as you may remember, was a dreamer. His dreams were rather large and they got him in trouble. His brothers sold him into slavery because they could not stand how their father doted over Joseph.
In slavery, Joseph faced a bleak future. However, his dreams and, even more, his ability to interpret dreams, eventually brought him into favor with Pharaoh. Not only was he favored, he became second in line to Pharaoh.
When Joseph had the chance to return malice for malice – his brothers stood before him to beg for provisions to take back home to their starving families and they did not recognize Joseph – Joseph tested them, found them to be changed people, and forgave them.
We often find it difficult to forgive others but that is what we are called to do. It hurts most when the people who hurt us are the ones we love and count on the most. When that happens, our human nature looks to vengeance. We should not return harm for harm. Rather, we should be a people of love and forgiveness.
When we, as Christians, dare to dream about a world that is filled with love, mercy, kindness, compassion, and all the other values of Christ, we have the opportunity to bring our dreams about. Let us do all that we can to live as a people of the Kingdom today, daring to dream dreams and working to bring those dreams to fruition.
FAITH ACTION: Dream about what your faith life can be and then make plans to get there.