Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Seeking new dreams

During our first group session at the BE, our lovely facilitator Mary Marcotte passed around a stack of cards, each of which contained a single word. She invited us each to take one, spending time throughout the weekend sitting (or walking) with that word and allowing the Spirit to reveal its significance to us.

My word was "dream", and indeed I've had many dreams throughout the years. One of my biggest dreams, having children, was not fulfilled. But everything else I dreamed of at fifteen, eighteen, twenty-five, thirty--loving husband, education, professional achievements, nice house, travel--has happened. What do you do after your dreams have come true?

In recent months the Scientist and I have spent some time talking about our retirement--where we might live, what we'd like to do. But I'm only fifty-two! I don't believe God wants me to sit complacently on my behind for the next ten or fifteen years, thinking, "Gosh, I sure have a nice life." It seems that I have reached a plateau from which, theoretically, my life could putt along much as it is now, but surely that would be a waste of many productive years. I'm busy with home, work, and church, but something needs to change if I am to keep growing. Right now I have no idea what that would be. It's time for some new dreams, especially some that aren't all about me!

God, show me your dream, and help me to make it mine too. I fear that, whatever it is, it will require more exertion than I want to expend at this time of my life. So I pray for inspiration, and for your holy energy to fill me and set my feet on a new path. So may it be.

17 comments:

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

What a beautiful prayer. It seems as though everyones words really meant something to them.

cheesehead said...

So may it be.

I loved getting to meet you face-to-face.

SpookyRach said...

Wow. That's beautiful.

DogBlogger said...

So may it be.

(((Zorra)))

Quotidian Grace said...

So may it be, indeed.

Jan said...

Your prayer was a beautiful ending to your reflection. Amen. Thank you.

Mary Beth said...

So may it be!

As I read this, I am aware that a new passion is peeking over your shoulder. Before long, it will be in front of you to choose, or not. There will be others. God has a great work for you.

Blessings to you on the way.

mid-life rookie said...

How exciting to be in a place of waiting for the next adventure. Amen and Amen.

mid-life rookie said...

By the way, I haven't finished wrestling with my word. I had to put it aside this week for covenant group, Five Practices Workshop, and interview. I'll get back to you on that.

mompriest said...

ahh, the yearning and the awareness that something is coming...and it will...

Presbyterian Gal said...

All I can say is
ditto ditto ditto ditto and ditto times two.

Diane said...

what a great prayer. I'll pray it too.

I wish we could meet, one of my unrealized dreams is like yours...

Stratoz said...

as Julian of Norwich says, all things may be well.... all things will be well.

tis a mystery. maybe you can become a groupie for Bruce Cockburn

zorra said...

LOL Wayne!
The Scientist and I did hang around a stage door one evening waiting for him, but he never came out....

God_Guurrlll said...

May it be so. Amen.

Kievas said...

Yes, this is a great prayer. I have a feeling God won't let you sit complacently for too long :)

Have you ever read the book, The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson?

will smama said...

I am praying this prayer for you daily. In the meantime the fixer in me wants to throw out there: Ghost Ranch?