Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 37:19-20

“’Here comes that dreamer!’ they said to each other.  ‘Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say a ferocious animal devoured him.  Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.’”

He was, according to scripture, Jacob’s (Israel’s) favorite son, because “he had been born to him in his old age…”

He was also a “dreamer” – and those dreams only added to his brother’s jealousy of him.

So they devised a devious plan – to be rid of their brother – and his dreams.

As it would turn out, much later, what happened to Joseph, his dreams, and how he handled them would prove to be the providential way God cared for both Joseph and his family, but that’s getting ahead of the story.

For now, it’s enough to remember that sometimes dreams are a wonderful way that God chooses to communicate with His children.

We are wise to be watchful, careful, discerning, open, and responsive to our dreams.

We are also wise to be discreet about the way we talk about them with others – even perhaps – our own family members.

Others may not understand your relationship with God but it is a wonderful thing to celebrate that our God desires relationship, a loving, open relationship with us.  God also desires to communicate His love and His purpose for us.

Who knows, He might even use a dream or two.

Are you listening?

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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