My Contemplative Heart: Dreams

As we continue our series, my contemplative heart, here is a piece that is live today on New Wineskins…


Les Miserables frames the tragically beautiful story of Fantine, who falls victim to harsh realities of broken dreams. This masterpiece of storytelling has moved generations to reconsider what grace lives like. Fantine’s voice haunts us with, “I dreamed a dream…”

Luke’s gospel tells of a woman who waited for a lifetime in the lesser court of the temple, fasting and praying for the messiah of Israel. Her life is remembered in 3 short sentences, “There was also a prophetess, Anna… she spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” Anna dreamed a dream of redemption.

More recently, Rachel Held Evans lived a year following the ‘rules of womanhood’ as stated in scripture and joyfully concluded that scripture declared with awe that personhood, not just womanhood, is more complex that a set of rules. Her challenge to continue to honor women of valor, as illustrated in Proverbs 31, is a dream of hope.

I hope you will come on over and read the rest..

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