Today’s passage centers on dreams. In Daniel 1–6, Daniel’s job is to interpret the dreams of others. Yet in a pivotal shift in the text, Daniel is now the dreamer. He dreams something that he himself cannot understand. In verse 16 of today’s reading, we learn that Daniel must now approach an attendant to “ask him the truth” about the nature of his dream. Daniel’s dream is not pleasant and neither is the interpretation; it points the rise of a new empire under Antiochus Epiphanes, who will hinder the religious practices of Israel.

The funny thing about dreams is that they have not rhyme or reason, and they cannot be contained. Some of us are natural dreamers, whether in our waking hours or our sleep. Oftentimes our dreams make no sense and require time and sometimes community to make sense of them. And, like Daniel’s, there are moments when our dreams are terrifying. However, God has the capacity to use our dreams to prepare us for the future.

Daniel has to be persistent in his desire to find the meaning of his dream, and he has to be humble enough to ask for help despite his earlier role as interpreter of dreams. We must be willing to engage our best and worst dreams in hopes that they will give us some insight on life. We should never be so arrogant to assume that we will always have the same relationship with our dreams. God calls us to humble ourselves so that we can have an intimate relationship with the vision that God lays before us.

God, may we always pay attention to our dreams, nurture them, and listen to them so that we become better stewards for the days ahead. Help us never to grow weary in the possibilities of our dreams. Amen.

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Read Luke 19:1-10

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Lectionary Week
October 28—November 3, 2019
Scripture Overview

This week includes All Saints Day, when we remember those who have come before and handed down the faith to us, especially through trials. Habakkuk reminds us that our predecessors sometimes suffered discouragement, but the righteous have always lived by faith. The psalmist also has experienced hard times, but he knows that God’s commandments are true and lead to life. The Thessalonians have experienced persecution as well; yet through their strength their faith and love continue to grow to the glory of Christ. May the same be said of us and our church communities! The famous story of Zacchaeus illustrates that the crowd of faithful witnesses that we celebrate on All Saints Day includes those who have been lost—outsiders—for Jesus comes to seek and save the lost.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4. How can you wait actively for God’s response to your prayers and complaints? How will you enact God’s response when it comes?
Read Psalm 119:137-144. How do you persist in following God’s commandments in the face of injustice and corruption?
Read 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12. The work of the church has never been easy. How does your faith community work to exude God’s love in a time when many reject or feel rejected by church institutions?
Read Luke 19:1-10. When have you run to Jesus? How can you share your experience so others pursue Jesus as well?

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