by Ken Rolheiser
In your wildest dreams

Three birds are sitting on a wire. One says, “Chirp!”
“Now you’ve done it,” the second bird says. “Now that will be stuck in my head all day!”

If you are looking for a great song to stay with you all day, you can’t do much better than Moody Blues “Your Wildest Dreams”. It has the “Once upon a time” newness of morning dew. And when the music plays, we hear the sound we have to follow… Once upon a time.

We remember our dreams and falling in love. Memories are touched with sorrow. We feel the morning dew, and skies, and we have to follow our dreams. We can’t tear ourselves away. And it’s not just about falling in love with someone but about falling in love with life and the haunting call of our inner longing for self-fulfillment. 
Ultimately, we long for the glory of Jesus’ ascension, when our physical bodies will rise, like his – beyond our wildest dreams. Jesus died and rose for us and for our loved ones. So we live in the hope and fulfillment of our wildest dreams. 

We still struggle with our weak nature, but the Holy Spirit will enable us to treat people with the same compassion and dignity that Jesus has for them. We are surrounded by Saints. “You meet Saints everywhere. They can be any place. They are people living decently in an indecent society” (Kurt Vonnegut).

You and I are asked to do a professional job of being us. No one does you better than you do. You are “the best of you”. We give others a chance to grow. And we influence them by our example. Iron sharpens iron! (Proverbs 27:17).

An example comes to mind from The Voice, where Reba McEntire asks the Holy Spirit “to walk for me, to talk for me, sing for me, help me down the stairs in those high heels.” Tristan Harper of The Voice sings from Cody Johnson’s “Til I Can’t”: There's not a step I'm gonna take / When You're not with me.”

Life can drag us down. The lines from Les Miserables come to mind: “Look down, look down.” The beggars do not raise their eyes to heaven in hope. They sing: “Look down, look down, upon your fellow man!” With pity.

In another song “I dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables we remember:
I dreamed a dream in time gone by,
When hope was high and life, worth living.
I dreamed that love would never die,
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.
Then I was young and unafraid,
And dreams were made and used and wasted.
There was no ransom to be paid,
No song unsung, no wine, untasted.

But then came a time when it all went wrong, in Les miserable at least. But in real life there is hope.

There is no step we can take when the Lord is not with us. Jesus has already paid our debt and loosed the chains to set us free. That is what gives us courage to be brave, even though we are bruised. “I am who I am meant to be… / I make no apologies, this is me.” (from “This is Me” – The Greatest Showman).

“The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him” (Psalm 28:7).

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