United Church of Sun City
11250 N. 107th Ave., Ste. 105
Sun City, AZ 85351
Web site: www.uccsc.com
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Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Coffee Hour 11:00 a.m.
Communion - 1st Sunday of each month
Healing Service - 3rd Sunday of each Month
at 11:15 a.m. in Grace Chapel
Bible Study - 11:00 a.m.
in Grace Chapel
The Pastor's Post
Recently I preached on dreams. I used the passage from 1 Kings 3:5-15 in which God is speaking with Solomon and tells Solomon to, “Ask what I should give you” (5b). Solomon asks for, “. . . an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil” (9). Because Solomon asked for this, and it pleased God, God granted it and more. I made the point that, like Solomon, when we ask for what God wants us to have we can more fully know God’s abundance.
I also made the point that this whole exchange between God and Solomon happened in a dream. A dream! In the United Church of Christ we declare that God is a still speaking God and for me that means, God just might speak to us through dreams. I like that thought.
As I worked on the sermon, here is some of what I learned about dreams. A report I read shared that sleep specialists believe every person dreams every night but not everybody remembers their dreams. Still to dream every night is quite normal and healthy. In fact, experiments have been conducted where individuals who drifted off to sleep and entered that stage of sleep called, “Rapid Eye Movement,” or “REM”, the stage most dreams occur, were wakened repeatedly and stopped from dreaming. Within a short period, not only did this cause sleep deprivation, but the subjects began to suffer short-term memory loss and other emotional instabilities because they were not allowed to dream (Roberts, Elaine). Now those experiments, along with other research, have helped show that dreaming is a key part of good mental-health.
I was also reminded of the Psalmist’s words, “It was you [God] who formed my inward parts . . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139, v. 13, 14, NRSV). So for those who think that dreaming is simply part of the way our bodies work, I give credit to God for the way our bodies work. And I contend that God continues to find ways to get us a message within that bodily make up and that includes dreaming because God is still Speaking.
Friends, we cannot limit God. Besides for the belief that God is still speaking, we also declare in the United Church of Christ that we should not place a period where God has placed a comma (Having said this, I feel like I shouldn’t put a period at the end of this sentence). In other words, let’s open ourselves, awake or asleep, to the possibilities of how God is still speaking to us and let’s keep listening to our God of abundance.