+ the impossible dream of new things that spring forth, things not imagined in our former days, things celebrated by the jackals and the ostriches dancing together in the wilderness (Isaiah 43:16-21);
+ the wild dream that fills our mouths with laughter, floods our tongues with joy, and yields an abundant harvest in the desert (Psalm 126);
+ the other-worldly dream in which our value comes from the love & claim of Christ, not from the measures of wealth and platform and social status (Philippians 3:4b-14);
+ the wasteful (prodigal!) dream that heaps blessings without care of cost — blessings not only poured over our heads but even wasted on the dirt of our feet (John 12:1-8).
Is there a place for dreaming in Lent, in these days of confession and discipline, in this season of sackcloth and lament? Even though we buried the Alleluias, can we still dream boldly in Lent — and not just dream, but proclaim it loudly and triumphantly?
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