Dreams at Christmas Time

One night recently, this 89 year Old Fool dreamed he was sliding down a steep roof.  I caught on to something and broke my fall.  I held on and yelled for help so loudly that I woke myself. Last night’s dream seemed longer, more complicated and more hopeful. In the dream I was young and working with other young people on the streets of Ybor City and College Hill in Tampa. We were working together to chart a good future for the children of those two communities.

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Pastor Talashia Keim Yoder gives direction

Of course the first dream ended before disaster struck and the second dream ended before success was realized. That’s the way it is with dreams.  The dreams followed an energizing Sunday morning service during which any one could help to reenact the stories associated with the nativity if they wished to.

Members could bring a costume from home or pick one at the entrance of the sanctuary. We could be an animal, angel, shepherd, magi from the East, or an onlooker from the city. If you click here you may listen to the reading of scripture and singing of choirs; hear hands clapping in praise and watch joyous dancing. There was no sermon; but there was a message.

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Mother and Child

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Christmas lights protray nativity

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Animals dance for joy

The message seemed simple as captured in the favorite old carol:  “Joy to the World the Lord is come”. You may find the lyric by clicking here.  I ponder the small words “let” and “make”. Will the reigning Savior allow, cause, or coerce men/women to sing praises while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy? Will all nature rejoice because the reigning Saviour will no longer (let) permit sins and sorrows to increase on earth, nor allow thorns to infest the ground?  Will the reigning Savior make i.e. impose his will, reconstitute nature, or establish his own brand of blessings to be known as far as the curse is found.  (According to the Visual Thesaurus the verb make has forty and more meanings depending on its context.)

Will the reigning Savior rule the world according to what he personifies – truth and grace? Will the uniqueness of who he is  eventually move the nations to acknowledge the glories of his righteousness and the wonders of his love.

When all political parties wish each other well, when all the tribes and nations wish each other well, then wars cease, then there will be no boundaries and no walls, no refugees, no hunger, then the trees will clap their hands for joy.  Peace making and peace keeping is a human task.  Deity merely points the way for joy and peace to come on earth.  The message is as old and universal as the golden rule.

dreams and dreams and dreams
Old fools dream of peace here, now
good will provides peace

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to Dreams at Christmas Time

  1. Mary Bew says:

    Thank you for posting your thoughts and the photos. What an unusual service! I would have liked to have been an onlooker in costume.

  2. PETER WIEBE says:

    Thank you Martin for posting wonderful, appropriate and inspirational thoughts. Writing and connecting with friends this way is a challenging exercise for persons our age. That is however another reason why I DO NOT LIKE your reference to yourself as an “Old Fool.” There is already enough disrespect for aging in our culture; we do not or should not enable the younger generation in what is demeaning to yourself. Especially when the good Lord has so blessed you with a great mind at this stage. So please bless yourself and the rest of us with the gift God has given us in the many years. I could say more, but enough said – I do appreciate what you are doing for us all – Peter

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