“Houses”

February 24, 2022

“Jesus I am Resting, Resting”

September 24, 2022

This week we looked at various ways Moses used his staff to follow God’s orders.  He raised it over Egypt for the plagues.  He raised it over the Red Sea and it parted.  He raised it to bring water from rocks for the people in the desert.  The stick, a piece of a tree, was not magical.  It has become a symbol of Moses trusting God’s promises and instructions to him and moving forward.  I thought of this old hymn written by Jean Sophia Pigott in 1876 in Ireland.  It reminds me of the quiet times we spend in the morning, perhaps resting under a tree to contemplate our relationship with God, perhaps resting in our favorite arm-chair to pray, or perhaps like Moses, walking in a desert when we see a bush that does not become consumed.  We take a few moments to reflect on God and listen for his voice. We place our trust in God and find a deeper peace.  The story goes that Hudson Taylor during the Boxer Rebellion in China upon hearing of missionary stations being destroyed and missionaries being martyred, sat at his desk and sang this hymn over and over to comfort his soul.  I pray as you listen you will be comforted on your journey today.


A Vine of Grapes

September 23, 2022

Numbers 13, 14

Before we leave Moses, I would like to ponder one more story.  Moses was told by God to send some men to explore the land of Canaan that God was going to give to the Israelites.  Moses chose 12 men, one being Joshua who became the leader after Moses and another being Caleb.  These twelve men went forth to explore.  “When they reached the Valley of Eshkol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two men carried the cluster on a pole between them.”  That was a huge cluster of grapes! A branch of a vine produces such a great blessing that it took two men to shoulder and carry.  Wow.  The blessing from the promises of God are that proportionally bigger than the bush that was not consumed, the staff that became a snake, that was held out over the Red Sea, that hit the rocks and that was the means of symbolizing God’s blessing as Moses obeyed.  Blessings are so much bigger than we can imagine! 

         God asks, “What’s that in your hand, Moses.”  What is in your hand, Reader?  It may only look like a tree or even part of a tree but when combined with the promises of God, it becomes a blessing that needs two people to carry.  12 spies returned with that cluster of grapes hanging from a vine but of those 10 could only focus on the size of the challenge they were going to face.  They became “grasshoppers” in their own eyes.  Two, Joshua and Caleb, focused on God’s blessing and begged the people to trust God.  The people grumbled yet one more time.  Consequently everyone over age 20 died in the wilderness and never saw the Promised Land.  The people wandered 40 years more.

     The life of Moses challenges me to consider if I focus on the trees and branches in my life to bring me blessings or if I focus on the seeming impossible situations facing me and then grumble rather than turning to God.  Lord, help me never to grumble about your ways and help me wait for the blessings.


“The Staff and the Rock”

September 22, 2022

Genesis 17:1-7

“Massah and Meribah”

The Israelite community continues their journey through the wilderness and again they find no water.  They do not seem to remember the lesson of Marah from yesterday.  The people quarrel with Moses, demanding water and accusing him of bringing them into the wilderness to kill them.  How short our memories are!!!  They have forgotten the slavery of Egypt.  They have forgotten the miracle of Marah.  They have forgotten the palms of Elim.  They are focused on their problems that have become insurmountable.  In despair and pain Moses turns to God, “What am I to do with these people?  They are almost ready to stone me.”  Moses is scared too.

         God tells Moses to go before the people with some elders and take his staff and stand before the rock at Horeb.  Numbers 20:1-13 records a similar incident.  Again the people are grumbling because of no water.  God tells Moses to take his staff and stand before the rock and speak to the rock this time and it will give water.  Moses is angry though.  He takes the staff and hits the rock twice.  Water flows but Moses has not trusted God and not honored him.  Moses will not enter the Promised Land as punishment.  Again it is called Meribah for arguing with God.

         The staff is not the source of the miracle! God is.  Often we think because God worked in one way then he will do the same thing again if we have the same problem.  God is not predictable that way nor controllable.  Our spiritual disciplines do not produce the relationship but are a means of relationship.  Some days the words of Scripture jump off the page and seem to directly apply to our situation but other days it is like reading a foreign language.  Some times of prayer are deep and comforting while others feel like God is busy and doesn’t have time for us.  Each moment is a new adventure with God.

         We see yet again that God is willing to work to resolve a problem but the people are still going to Moses and not to God. Moses is praying but applying an old procedure to meet a new situation that looks similar. 

         As we face our challenges today may we turn to God with eyes and ears and hearts open to see fresh ways to experience God’s power.  Blessings.


“Marah and Elim”

September 21, 2022

Genesis 15:22-27

            26 He said, ‘If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in his sight, and give heed to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will not bring upon you any of the diseases that I brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.’

Moses raised his staff and the Red Sea parted and the Israelites crossed over into the wilderness, the Desert of Shur.  They traveled for three days without water and came to the water of Marah.  Marah means bitterness.  Most of us know the feeling of bitterness.  When things don’t go the way we think they ought and we feel betrayed, it is so easy for our mouth to spout off words that perhaps should not have been said.  Or perhaps we break down and cry and have a genuine pity party feeling alone and vulnerable.  We are convinced we will die.  Genesis says the people “grumbled.”

         Moses cries out to the Lord.  Moses is accused and held responsible for the lack of water.  The people are grumbling and the leader is feeling cornered.  We have two pictures here and only you know which is more typical of how you respond to betrayal and disappointment.  Do you accuse and grumble or do you turn to God in prayer?   God opens Moses’ eyes and shows him a piece of wood.  Not a whole tree, just a piece of wood.  Moses throws it into the water and the chemical reaction turns the water sweet.    

         The picture that comes to my mind is a person who is being yelled at by a grieving person or even by an angry child.  Sometimes a lecture is not needed.  Just a hug.  Perhaps the simple words, “I love you” or “I’m sorry” will break the lie that the other is rejected and alone. Bitterness cripples.  Paul says in Hebrews 12:15,  ‘15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and through it many become defiled.”  A small piece of wood was thrown in the water and many hearts were changed and refreshed.  God can use little things in the hands of ordinary people like us to sweeten the bitterness another is experiencing.

         The people then came to Eli where they found twelve springs and 70 palm trees and they could camp, drink and refresh themselves.  God’s promises and his ways lead to life and refreshment.  Grumbling is a rabbit hole we don’t want to go down.  Let’s pray and give our disappointments and feelings of betrayal to God!


“Staff.2”

September 20, 2022

Exodus 6-11

Moses does go to Egypt, staff in hand, and confronts Pharaoh.  He throws the staff down and it becomes a snake but Pharaoh’s magicians can do the same trick.  He holds the staff over the Nile and the water turns to blood. Plague 1.  Pharaoh does not repent.  Moses has Aaron, his brother holds out the staff and frogs cover the land.  Plague 2.  Pharaoh does not repent.  Aaron uses the staff to strike the dust and gnats cover Egypt. Plague 3.  Pharaoh does not change.  10 plagues ruin Egypt before Pharaoh lets the Israelites go.        

         Moses saw a burning bush that was not consumed.  Moses carried a staff that could become a snake and when combined with God’s word brought plagues.  I wonder if Moses did not struggle with doubt and   discouragement?  Sometimes we do everything we think God has requested of us and life does not get better.  The miracle does not happen.  For all the times we forgive that wayward child, the child still turns a back to us.  For all the prayers for healing, the cancer grows.  For all the forgiveness we offer, the spouse walks away.  That does not even touch situations like war, famine and politics.  Bad things happen to good people and life is unfair.  That does not mean God is not at work.

         Moses does not give up during these plagues.  He does not throw his staff away or look for a shinier one.  He does not stop talking to God. We know the ending to that part of the story but Moses does not.  We do not know the ending to our story.  Like a tree that looks pretty much the same from same from day to day, often the situations we are immersed in feel like a slow growing tree.

         Today you may be facing a problem that just is not resolving. Maybe using the image of the tree can stimulate some prayers for how to water the situation, how to add a bit of manure, or how to trim.  Think creatively but never doubt that God is working through ordinary people like us and with ordinary tools like a staff.  Blessings.


“A Staff”

September 19, 2022

Genesis 4:1-5

“What is that in your hand?”

God chose a slave turned prince turned criminal turned shepherd turned 80 years old – Moses – to shine through and deliver the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt.  Not only was Moses old and had a complicated past but he sees a bush that shines with fire but is not consumed. Moses turns aside to check it out and enters a conversation with the Holy.

         God gives Moses an assignment.  Return to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.  The movies present Moses as a man entering into the presence of Pharaoh with a mission.  We might now say that Moses is “on fire.”  We use the idiom “on fire” to talk about literal burning or about a burning sensation as “my throat is on fire,” or to complement someone who is performing very well as in “he is really on fire tonight,” or it can even be used to talk about someone looking sexy.  Moses was focused, “on task,” ”on fire!”

         But there is first a give-and-take conversation between Moses and God.  Moses is not so sure he is the man for the job and tries to convince God to choose someone else.  Moses is wanted for murder and realizes return to Egypt will be problematic.  God lays out the plan but then God challenges Moses.  “What is that in your hand?”  Most has an ordinary staff, not even a whole tree, just a piece of a tree.  God did not need a whole tree, only the piece that Moses was used to using.  He tells Moses to throw it down and it becomes a snake.  He tells Moses to pick it us and it returns to being a staff.  This staff will be held out over the Red Sea, will hit a rock and be used in various other ways.  Moses only had to be willing to let God use him and his staff.

         I suspect often we think God wants to use the talented, the trained, the gifted or perhaps the wealthy.  But more likely God delights in using ordinary, broken people like you and me to work amazing acts that display his character.  He asks only one question, “What is that in your hand?”  While in Kenya, my friend visited her neighbor who had absolutely nothing in her house.  The woman had just returned from walking miles to fetch firewood and had yet to walk to haul water so could not offer her guest a cup of tea.  The woman begged my friend to accept a piece of firewood as a thank you for the visit to.  What do you have?  A smile, a glass of cold water, an email affirmation, a hug, a listening ear?  We all have something, perhaps not a staff, but something God can use.  We just have to be willing.  Blessings.


15th Sunday after Pentecost: The Shrewd Manager

September 18, 2022

First Reading: Amos 8:4-7

4Hear this, you that trample on the needy,
  and bring to ruin the poor of the land,
5saying, “When will the new moon be over
  so that we may sell grain;
 and the sabbath,
  so that we may offer wheat for sale?
 We will make the ephah small and the shekel great,
  and practice deceit with false balances,
6buying the poor for silver
  and the needy for a pair of sandals,
  and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”
7The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
 Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

Psalm: Psalm 113

1Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the Lord;
  praise the name of the Lord.
2Let the name of the Lord be blessed,
  from this time forth forevermore.
3From the rising of the sun to its going down
  let the name of the Lord be praised.
4The Lord is high above all nations;
  God’s glory above the heavens.
5Who is like the Lord our God,
  who sits enthroned on high,
6but stoops to behold
  the heavens and the earth?
7The Lord takes up the weak out of the dust
  and lifts up the poor from the ashes,
8enthroning them with the rulers,
  with the rulers of the people.
9The Lord makes the woman of a childless house
  to be a joyful mother of children. Hallelujah!

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For
 there is one God;
  there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
 Christ Jesus, himself human,
  6who gave himself a ransom for all
—this was attested at the right time.7For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Gospel: Luke 16:1-13

1Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. 2So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ 3Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ 5So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ 7Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ 8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. 9And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
10“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. 11If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? 13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

CHILDREN’S SERMON;  Shrewd

Today’s parable is about a shrewd manager who got himself in trouble. As I tried to think of stories that we know about shrewdness, I remembered the story of two shrewd men told by Hans Christian Anderson.  Once upon a time there was an emperor who loved his clothes more than anything.  Two men came to him and claimed they could weave material so beautiful and so colorful the emperor would be admired by all.  AND the beauty of the material could only be seen by his honest and trustworthy people, not by fools.  The two men started weaving, and measuring, and cutting, and sewing.  The emperor’s officials came in but could not see the material but dared not confess so to the emperor who would think them foolish.  When finished, the emperor organized a great parade to show off his outfit.  As he swaggered along, a child watching shouted out, “The Emperor has no clothes on!”

         Turn to your neighbor and share what you think was so shrewd about the two men’s scheme.

Let us pray.  May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, my Rock and my Redeemer.

CONTEXT

         Let’s get our context straight as we delve into this very interesting parable.  We are in Pentecost and reflecting on how our God who incarnated, died and rose, impacts our lives.  Do we hear these parables as old familiar history tales or are these parables impacting our lives as we make history? Luke is sharing a series of parables about the kingdom of heaven.  He is not just sharing fables like Aesop and making moral pronouncements.  Luke is reporting parables Jesus shared with his followers to teach them and us about the kingdom of heaven.  Are we listening?

         The kingdom of heaven is like being invited to a banquet at the king’s palace but we will be tempted to be distracted by family (a wife), possessions (a cow), and fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum.  We will be tempted to think we can put off till tomorrow our relationship with God.  “Please hold me excused, I cannot come.”  Jesus also advises us to wait on God to reveal our seat at the banquet table and not grab the best seats only to be embarrassed when others are given that seat.  Humility is the attitude to learn.  As we give banquets are we investing in a future when we will be repaid or just trying to impress others and pay back social debts?  Last week Jesus compared God to a good shepherd who goes after his sheep who are lost or like a woman searching for a lost coin.  We are invited, we are sought after, and we are rejoiced over when we turn to God.  Today we skip the parable of the prodigal son and turn to the following text that challenges us because it is counter intuitive.  I would suggest that our text today is a direct counter comparison to the preceding parables.

         A rich man hears rumors that his manager is misappropriating funds and so calls him to account.  Did your heart skip a beat at this picture?  Some groups of Christians picture meeting God as a court room scenario where the angry judge is accusing us of all our sins.  We are only saved because Jesus steps in and says he has paid the price on the cross.  Like the man in the parable we know our future is a bit unknown and potentially disastrous.  We cannot work.  We cannot work our way into God’s favor.  Our failures threaten unemployment and rejection. 

         The fear of unemployment is a fear we all know.  Having to regroup lives because of the pandemic is affecting many Americans today.  Having to regroup lives because of war is affecting many all over the world.  Having to regroup lives because of environment as in Pakistan’s floods or droughts or famine is the reality of many.  Having to regroup lives because of sickness touches my life.  We know the despair the manager in our story grappled with.  He is too old to work and too proud to beg.  It does not sound like he could turn to his wise investments, but was turning to “social” security, the security that comes from developing relationship with the social system at the time.   Friends, we know this man.  He is us.

         In direct contrast to this scene that is so familiar to us are the preceding parables picturing a God who invites us to a banquet regardless of our social class, regardless of our accomplishments, regardless of our ethnicity or language. Our sins need not be held against us.  The Shepherd goes out and looks for us if we are lost.  The woman lights a lamp to dispel darkness and sweeps away the cobwebs that hide us in a corner.  There was no sense of judgment last week.  We need not scramble to make friends who will stand up for us when we meet the judge.  Our social security is not with other people but with Jesus, God incarnate.

         Need I remind us of our confirmation verse:  Ephesians 2:8-9.  Let’s say it together.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast.”  We are saved by grace, not works.  We are saved through faith, not by our works.  Salvation is a gift of God.

Shrewdness vs. Humility

         Knowing that he is being called to account by the master, creates a crisis for the manager.  He has a moment of truth.  He must make a “course correction.”  What he is doing is not getting him where he wants to go.  He develops a plan.  He cuts the debts of the tenants.  Perhaps he eliminated his share of the profit.  Often the manager, like the tax collector, would add a percentage to the cost and the extra went into his pocket.  The plan also makes the owner look forgiving and generous.  This guy was shrewd!

            “8And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.” The world praises shrewdness, cleverness, education, power, wealth and talent.  Those are the values of this world.  In the parable of the banquet Jesus values humility.  The guests are told to be humble and allow the host to seat them.  The hosts of heaven are rejoicing over the lost sheep found, the lost coin found. They are not praising a shrewd sheep!  The kingdom of heaven does not value what the kingdom of earth values.

And so…

         We know the anxiety of being called to account for our actions, the doubts and fears that plague our thinking.  We know that someday we will all die and face the God of the universe.  Jesus’ parable of the banquet paints a very different picture than this parable.  Like the emperor, we want to look good and be considered worthy of eternity.  The world suggests that shrewdness and cleverness is the road to success.  If only we had clothes that made us appear wonderful, clothes that the world offers – clothes, houses, degrees, medicine or beauty products.  Unfortunately these earthly accomplishments are “invisible clothes” that wear out and fade and do not impress God.  Faithfulness and trustworthiness in little matters we are given tell the true story of how we might handle bigger tasks.

         Jesus advises us to “make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.”  What is Jesus advising?  May I suggest that Jesus is advising us to use our wealth, that is not really ours but a gift from God, use our wealth to build God’s kingdom.  Creating spiritual relationships now with whatever wealth the Lord entrusts to us, creates eternal relationships that will greet us when we enter the banquet hall.  How we handle our trusts here on earth reflects our eternal values. The text ultimately challenges us to have a moment of truth about what kingdom we serve.     “13No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one         and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”

The kingdom of earth calls us to account on how we handle the talents we are entrusted with and threatens us with unemployment, rejection, if we have failed the standard.  God’s kingdom is ruled by grace and forgiveness based on relationship with the host, the owner, the God of the universe.  We need only accept his invitation. 

The kingdom of earth admires shrewdness and cleverly developed plans to protect ourselves and ours.  God’s kingdom, the kingdom of light, values using our wealth not for self-protection but for developing friendships that will last into eternity.  Jesus advises humility.

The kingdom of earth sees us as slaves to bosses who evaluate our worth by our faithfulness in small matters.  The kingdom of heaven sees us as “friends,” as “servants,” and as God’s sheep.

We cannot serve two masters.  We must choose between God and mammon.  Who do you serve today?


Shine

September 17, 2022

Exodus 3

Yesterday we pondered Moses and the burning bush.  Moses is caring for his herds and sees a bush that is on fire but does not seem to burn up.  He turns to check it out and God speaks to him, changing his life.  The Holy is able to shine through ordinary people like us, through ordinary objects like a bush, through ordinary experiences like a dream.  So many songs speak to the transformative power of love.  I love Josh Groban’s song “You Raise Me Up.”  The song might point to the love of a friend that encourages you to reach beyond yourself or to faith that enables you to try tasks greater than you thought yourself capable of.  In 1987 Graham Kendrick wrote this worship son that was voted tenth in a 2005 survey in the United Kingdom.  The bush in the Moses experience is ordinary but when used by God, it shines in a way that changes the world.  We are ordinary but God can use us.  Please enjoy this song today.


“the Bush that didn’t Burn”

September 16, 2022

Exodus 3

Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight,

and see why the bush is not burned up.’

400 years have passed since Joseph went to Egypt.  His father Jacob and his brothers and families followed and found refuge during a great famine.   In Egypt they grew to a great nation that created an immigration crisis.  Would the growing subculture take over?  We know how threatening the refugee crisis today and the posing challenges.  Pharaoh resolved the threat by making the descendants of Jacob into slave workers.  We now read the story of Moses that has been made popular in Hollywood. 

         Jacob’s name was changed to Israel when he returned with his many sons from serving his uncle.  His descendants were known as the Hebrews.  Moses, as a Hebrew child, was raised in the Pharaoh’s home (another story) but had to flee.  He reorganizes his life, marries and becomes a herdsman.   One day he sees a bush that is on fire but does not burn and decides to investigate.

         Moses sees the fire of God shining through this bush that does not burn and his life changes.  Sometimes we have life changing experiences that cause us to see life differently.  A driver signaled for me to cross the street as he was talking in his truck and not ready to move.  But the accelerator jammed, rammed me, throwing me into the air to land on my head.  I was not hurt.  The next morning I experienced color in a whole new way and I experienced God in a new way too.  I should have been killed according to spectators.  The bush should have been consumed by the flames.  Moses didn’t walk by but noticed.  And so Moses became the leader that led the people of Israel to the Promised Land.          In yesterday’s reading God spoke through a dream that used a tree.  Today’s story God speaks through a bush that should have burned.  God speaks to us through the ordinary objects in our life, even through us as we yield to his desires in our lives.  When we see something extraordinary, do we pull out our cameras for a picture, a selfie, or do we pause for a moment and listen for God’s voice.  A rainbow appeared minutes after the Queen died and many found great comfort in it.  Let us pray today that we will be aware when God is speaking to us in “the bushes that don’t burn” in our lives.


“”The Dream Tree”

September 15, 2022

Genesis 40

         Jacob had twelve children.  Judah was his fourth son by his first wife and Joseph was his first son by his second wife but was born after a long struggle with infertility so much younger than his older brothers.  Jacob loved Joseph as his favorite and that caused problems, sibling rivalry and jealousy.  The older brothers resented Joseph who had dreams he freely shared and interpreted as meaning he would rule his older brothers.  The brothers sold Joseph into slavery to Egyptians.  In Egypt he was falsely accused and thrown into prison.  In prison, he used his gift for interpreting dreams when the cupbearer and the baker for pharaoh were in prison with him.  The cupbearer dreamt of a vine with three branches that bore fruit whose juice the cupbearer gave to the pharaoh.  Joseph interpreted the dream to mean that in three days the man would be restored to his post.  He was!

            “14 But remember me when it is well with you; please do me the          kindness to make mention of me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of      this place.” Was Joseph’s request.

         The cupbearer was restored to his position but he forgot Joseph.  It was not until later when the Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret that the cupbearer remembered Joseph and recommended him to Pharaoh.  The Pharaoh’s dream predicted seven years of plenty to be followed by seven years of famine.  The Pharaoh was so impressed by Joseph, he put Joseph in charge of managing the agriculture of Egypt.

         Often we don’t remember our dreams.  Just because those three branches spoke to three days, does not mean every time we dream about branches they symbolize days.  Nor is every dream a vision or message from God.  The Holy Spirit does speak to us and lead us into deeper truths and sometimes chooses to communicate through dreams.  And often speaking to others about those things that are troubling us in our souls is a wise choice.  Many people keep a journal of their dreams. 

         Joseph gave credit to God for speaking through Pharaoh’s dreams and for giving him the interpretation.  His gift shot him into leadership and resulted in Jacob’s family moving to Egypt during the famine where they lived for 400 years and became a nation.  That is another story, though.

Today, let us spend time thanking God for speaking to us, sometimes in dreams!  Thank you Lord.  Help me to pay attention and give you the credit!