I had a dream on Tuesday night. Allow me to clarify: This was a series of thoughts and images in my mind during sleep. I’m not referring to a vision from the Lord or some sort of divine command. This blog post is not “thus said the Lord.”
In the dream I was standing behind the pulpit in the worship center of First Baptist Sulphur Springs. I’ve pastored this tremendous congregation since Easter morning. As the worship service was drawing to a close, I realized I had failed to memorize a blessing.
At the beginning of my pastoral ministry I developed a spiritual discipline that I have grown to cherish. Each week I memorize a Bible verse and use it as a blessing to the congregation.
Realizing my oversight, I did not acknowledge my blessing blunder and quickly brought the service to an end. Yet, as I made my way to the exit, not a single congregant moved. People stood with an expression of shock. Shock soon turned to indignation as grumbling began to sweep the worship center. A chorus of “give us a blessing” lifted from the pews. It grew louder and louder until I was forced to walk back to the pulpit and recite a canned blessing.
For the past three days this dream has been on repeat during my waking hours. I’m fond of it. In fact, I love it. Imagine a congregation unwilling to depart until blessed by the preacher.
A word to pastors: Bless your people.
6 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Dream”
This brings to mind: God doesn’t bless us just to be doing so, He blesses us so that we may be a blessing to others. Thus Pastor Jeff, you have been blessed.
Amen to that!!!
Yes & Amen!!!
I truly miss your blessing when I’m out of town or for some reason miss the end of the service like on the radio etc, I normally try to write the verse down and have thought of asking you to record them in your blog or some other way. Similar to your reading log.
Each one is a blessing (pun intended).
I keep a log of all the blessings. I’m going to try to find some time to post a brief devotional thought on each blessing at some point in the near future.
Great! I look forward to that.