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Austin Grigg

Husband, father of two bright-eyed boys, dabbling theologian, web developer and app maker.

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To Dream Again

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I haven't dreamed in quite some time. I've been so handcuffed to the mundane of life (and lately the heartache) that I've forgotten that I was meant to wonder and dream. I was recently reminded of a message Nathan so eloquently spoke as he meditated on the psalmist:
When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
The psalms have been a steady reminder lately that dreaming is not what we put aside when we become more theologically astute, but what we embrace to keep the vision of God's kingdom alive inside of us. My pastor and friend, Jamie, recently shared this prayer by Sir Francis Drake:
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity; and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.
As Jamie said, "we just don't pray that way anymore." I can't get past the words, "we have ceased to dream of eternity; and in our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to dim."

I hope we learn to dream again.
Beautifully written and such a powerful message. Thanks for sharing. I need to spend some time really thinking this through.

Thank you Katie, I'm glad we can both share and receive words.


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