God's Dreams

Jon Brown

READ : Genesis 37:1-11

“Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” (Genesis 50:17)

What dreams do you dream? Not just the little daydreams about a warm cup of coffee, but the bigger dreams, the dreams that echo something of the cry of your heart.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. He dreamed that one day the dividing line that runs through the U.S. like the Mississippi River would vanish, and Africans and Europeans and Mexicans and Asians would be seen less as colors and more as image bearers. St. John had a dream. He dreamed of the day when all of our hurts would be healed and all our tears wiped dry by the Risen One. In God’s mercy those dreams will be realized one day.

Joseph had several dreams. They all came true when he became Prime Minister and his brothers begged him for mercy. Is it too much of a stretch to say God has a dream too? God’s dream was realized when the brothers said to Joseph, “We’re sorry,” and Joseph responded with forgiveness. God’s dream came true when reconciliation occurred.

Maybe God doesn’t actually dream, but he does long for a divided world to experience wholeness. And he wants us to be a part of bringing that dream to reality.


Lord, use us as instruments of reconciliation, through Jesus Christ. Amen.