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Friday, December 29, 2006

Friday Five: Dream a Little Dream

Dream a Little Dream for the last Friday Five this year, for 29 December, 2006:

"In the Last Days," God says,
"I will pour out my Spirit
on every kind of people:
Your sons will prophesy,
also your daughters;
Your young men will see visions,
your old men dream dreams.
When the time comes,
I'll pour out my Spirit
On those who serve me, men and women both,
and they'll prophesy."
(Acts 2:17-18, The Message)

On this final Friday of 2006, it seems appropriate to speak of dreams. A very important dream about a lighthouse played a role in my journey towards ordained ministry, and mine last night were vivid and included a flying church.

Please feel as untethered yourself in responding to this Friday Five.
Being tethered by the HS, from Tucson, AZ, here's my play for today:

1) a dream you remember from childhood

I'll bolt some distance from those halcyon (not!) early days and cite some songs that refer to dreams, so here are a few I'll probably add to at a later time; at this moment I'm not linking to them in my usual compulsive manner because I'll be on my way to Tombstone in a few:
  • Dan Hartman - I can Dream about You
  • Spanky and Our Gagn - What a Day for a Daydream
  • Eurythmics, ANNIE Lennox! - Sweet Dreams are Made of This
  • Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
  • Gary Wright - Dreamweaver
  • Heart - These Dreams
2) a recurring or significant dream

Not recurring but significant and confirmatory: shortly after I realized I absolutely positively needed to spend a lot of time this winter in prayer, contemplation (maybe discernment, too) and apartness from my usual pace, I dreamt I was in the courtyard of my complex looking up to my condo and seeing it disheveled yet in a neat (decent?) and orderly manner. In the dream I realized I wouldn't be able to get back in my living space for several months, but amazingly, I calmly told myself, "At least I have everything I need for the winter here with me now."

3) a nightmare

About a week ago I dreamt I'd showed up for a guest preaching gig in very not-put-together nor well-coordinated clothes and bedroom slippers, made all the more perplexing knowing I'd left home attired reasonably appropriately. This wasn't horrendously nightmarish, but I've long been maybe too concerned about my public presentation, due to lots of things—early childhood, basic personality, my love of an audience and the years I spend in a public position. However, more often than not, I carry this to extremes, so the dream became a cautionary tale.

4) a favorite daydream

What a time for a daydream...moving right into the New Year 2007...I love pretending I'm back in one favorite place or another, beach, city, desert or wherever, and often I end expressing the daydream in color, line and design. Of course, it's sometimes possible to approximate the situation right where I am now!

5) a dream for the New Year

As a Daughter of the Church, I constantly pray and dream of healing for one of the churches I'm involved with and for continued health and growth for the other.