by Jake Hall
published in Family Matters eNewsletter, February 2, 2017
As soon as, Carol Brown, our Director of Preschool Ministries, read from the children’s book, God’s Dream, I knew I wanted Logan to not only hear it, but to know it by heart. Desmond Tutu’s work in reconciliation and theology of faith “in community” have inspired this children’s book. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide acclaim as an opponent of apartheid. It is a good read for all ages, as is Tutu’s larger work, God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time, on which the little book is based.
As I have read the little book to Logan this week around the breakfast table, it has struck me how often we tell God about our dreams and how rarely we wonder about the dreams of God has for the world. Consumed with the details for our lives, we may become distracted from the ways that our lives have a part to play in God’s larger dream for the world. Think about that. Your life is a part of God’s redemption of the world. Your messy, beautiful, broken life is a part of God’s work in this world.
Before you go on to wonder about just how God could use your life, such as it is, consider how God is always as work in creation redeeming all things. Tutu writes, “Our God is an expert at dealing with chaos, with brokenness, with all the worst that we can imagine. God created order out of disorder, cosmos out of chaos, and God can do so always, can do so now--in our personal lives and in our lives as nations, globally. ... Indeed, God is transforming the world now-- through us--because God loves us.”
We are invited in love to God’s great adventure. Your life, your family, your community, your church are a part of God’s dream for the world.
What does that truth inspire in you?