"Praying For Those Who Dream"
(By: Joseph Walker)

8-1-2008 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #503

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Story of the Week
“Praying For Those Who Dream”
(By: Joseph Walker)

As I write this, the five most important men in the world to me are up to their ears in dream fulfillment. No, I'm not talking about the latest version of the USA Basketball Dream Team and their upcoming quest for Olympic gold.

Sure, I wish them well. I'll be watching, no doubt. But I'm talking about the five men who are, or who will one day be, the fathers of my grandchildren: my two sons, my two sons-in-law and a young man who, unless I miss my guess, appears destined to be my future son-in-law.

These are five terrific young men, and I love each one of them for the goodness of their souls. They all deserve my full and undivided attention, especially today. But today is a big day for all of them simultaneously, so my thoughts, prayers and positive thoughts are being sent out in five different directions.

And I've got to tell you: I'm feeling fragmented. This is spiritual and metaphysical multi-tasking of the first order. And since I have a hard time walking and chewing gum at the same time, this is a real stretch for me.

On the one hand, I'm wanting to focus on Joe, Jr., who stands today at the furthest edge of his life-long dream of one day being a lawyer. Fresh out of law school, today he is taking his State's bar exam. If he passes, the dream is fulfilled, and he is a full-fledged lawyer. If not... Well, he still has that degree. But he isn't a lawyer. Not really, not yet.

On the other hand, I'm thinking of Jon, my youngest child, who, at this very moment, may be standing in front of an "American Idol" producer, singing his 16-year-old heart out. It will be the biggest 10 seconds of his life so far, and I can only support him in this dream from here, with my hopes and prayers.

On the other hand, my son-in-law, Adam, is also awaiting his turn in front of the "American Idol" producers. Adam is a little further along in his aesthetic journey than Jon is, and a shot on this show could help propel him toward is ultimate dream: Broadway. So I can't help but pull for him and hope the producers see all of the talent and potential that I see in this great young man.

On the other hand, every day is a big day for my son-in-law, Brock, who is stationed with his Army unit in Baghdad. Brock is a soldier with the soul of a poet, and he has a duffle bag full of dreams for his future, all of which are on hold until he completes this, his third tour of duty in Iraq. For today, he shares a dream with every soldier from every nation on every front line of armed conflict. It's a simple dream: survival. May it be his, especially today.

On the other hand, I'm also concerned about Hudson, who is doing volunteer service for his church in Russia. Hudson has already faced numerous threats and challenges from those who don't think well of Americans in Russia, and, evidently, things are getting worse. Hudson is someone else's son, but he's dear to my daughter, Beth and, therefore, dear to me. I want him to be well and safe – today and always.

Let's see... That's one hand and four "other hands." Way more than I can "handle," if you'll pardon the expression. So I offer my positive thoughts and encouragement, and commend them all to God, and trust that He will look after them wherever they are, because I can't.

It's a helpless feeling, isn't it? Whether you're a parent or a sibling or a sweetheart or a friend, it's hard to know that people dear to you are facing difficult or important moments in their lives, and there isn't anything you can do to help them. And so, we offer encouragement, and we send out our positive thoughts, in hope that it makes a difference. And we leave the rest to God, who, it turns out, sort of specializes in dream fulfillment.

Pastor's Quote of the Week
Said Jacob to Jesus: "But, Rabbi, Moses and the olden prophets tell us that Yahweh is a jealous God, a God of great wrath and fierce anger. The prophets say he hates evildoers and takes vengeance on those who obey not his law. You and your disciples teach us that God is a kind and compassionate Father who so loves all men that he would welcome them into this new kingdom of heaven, which you proclaim is so near at hand."
        When Jacob finished speaking, Jesus replied: "Jacob, you have well stated the teachings of the olden prophets who taught the children of their generation in accordance with the light of their day. Our Father in Paradise is changeless. But the concept of his nature has enlarged and grown from the days of Moses down through the times of Amos and even to the generation of the prophet Isaiah. And now have I come in the flesh to reveal the Father in new glory and to show forth his love and mercy to all men on all worlds. As the gospel of this kingdom shall spread over the world with its message of good cheer and good will to all men, there will grow up improved and better relations among the families of all nations. As time passes, fathers and their children will love each other more, and thus will be brought about a better understanding of the love of the Father in heaven for his children on earth. Remember, Jacob, that a good and true father not only loves his family as a whole--as a family--but he also truly loves and affectionately cares for each individual member."

(From: The Urantia Book - Paper-142 Section-2)

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        When I tend to worry overmuch about my child, it helps me to remember that You love him every bit as much as I do, and doubtless more wisely than I. Thank You for loving us all.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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