June 21, 2019

     I had a dream while I was at the Annual Conference of Minnesota Methodists.  It seems well to pay attention to dreams when the day before has been steeped in prayer and Scripture–and when the Sunday Bible reading is rambling about deep in the brain as well.  It was a simple dream–but a bit frightening.  We had a busload of Grace Kids going somewhere and a couple of us needed a bathroom stop.  But, the place we stopped could best be described as huge business that was a combination antiques and pawn shop.  There seemed to be a little of everything inside.  Books, drum sets, violins, guitars, dolls, computers, art supplies, fishing gear.  Everything, and all really nice stuff.  The owner saw the busload of kids outside, and a couple of the kids and adults who just stepped in the door.  I immediately knew this was probably not the place to make a bathroom stop when the owner said, “This store has been my life and it is time.  Invite all the kids to come in.  Each child can pick any one thing that speaks to his or her soul and keep it.  No cost.”  My jaw dropped.  The owner smiled.
 
     Isaiah 55:1 says, “All who are thirst, come to the water!  Whoever has no money, come buy food and eat.”  This week’s Scripture says, “Now you belong to Christ, you are now descendants of Abraham and Sarah, heirs of God’s promise” (Galatians 3:29b).  As I watched all the kids search for that something that spoke to their souls, I awoke.  I knew I had glimpsed heaven–and God’s hope for the church on earth.   The shop-owner was Jesus–who meets people where they are, discovers what they most need and shares freely. The shop-owner was showing the church it’s mission.  We are meant to help people find that which speaks to their souls–to share what we have found and treasured in ways that bring life, hope and celebration.
 
     Sharing one thing with another–one gift, one kindness, one moment of care, one reminder that someone is a child of God–is our purpose.  When has someone reminded you that God has adopted you?  How might you show another he or she is adopted and ever-loved by a good and gracious God?
 
     Blessings,  Roger