Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday Five: Dreams edition

From Sophia at the RevGals:
With the beginning of my college teaching semester I have been having some unusually intense and memorable dreams lately--especially related to my Women and Religion class. With the beginning of a new calendar year many of us are engaging with dreams of another kind: planning, brainstorming, setting intentions or resolutions, etc. And many churches will celebrate the baptism of Jesus this Sunday, reading the Gospel account of his vision of the Holy Spirit as a dove and the "beloved child" words of Godde that set him off on his mission sharing Godde's dream for the world. So let's take a few minutes on this (where I am at least) lovely snow-blanketed Friday morning and share about the many different dreams and visions in our lives.

1. Do you tend to daydream?
Oh, yeah. My thoughts often wander. I've learned to do important work in a setting where I can be easily distracted...counterintuitive, I know, but the momentary distractions are easier to manage than just letting my mind roam, which is inevitable in a quiet space.

2. Do you usually remember your night dreams? Do you find them symbolic and meaningful or just quirky?
I rarely do remember them, unless a dream is interrupted. I've had a few recurring dreams/themes over the years, but they are often pretty transparent. For example, when I was struggling with feeling powerless, I dreamed of riding a bicycle with flat tires.

3. Have you ever had a life changing dream which you'll never forget? I feel like I'm missing something. But I'm generally, I think, just a pretty good sleeper.

4. Share a long term dream for one or more aspects of your life and work.
I want to write, whether it's with my classmates or just on my own. The difficult time I'm having with my dissertation suggests that I need to work on discipline and compartmentalization a little more.

5. Share a dream for 2010....How can we support you in prayer on both the short and long term dreams?
Here are my current dreams: a finished dissertation and to be able to continue at my present church. The dissertation's in my control, even though I am struggling, but the other is out of my hands.

Bonus: a poem, song, artwork, etc. that deals with dreams in general or one of your dreams.


  1. Prayers for the dissertation struggles--I know them well! And I hope you are able to stay at the ministry placement that you love....

  2. I'll second Sophia's comments. I would like to get back to writing, but for now will be content with the opportunity that blogging offers to get the words out.

  3. Oh the dissertation...peace to you in that process. May all be well.

  4. wishing you well as you work on that dissertation...and hoping for stability in your call..

  5. Doing work in a setting where you can be distracted-- this makes so much sense to me! I never would have thought to put it that way, but I can write a million times more in a coffee shop than in my office at home!

  6. I agree with Mrs.M. Now I understand that I often go to a coffee shop to write a sermon that is becomeing problem!

    Also riding a bike with flat tires??? I love it!

    Prayers for dissertation and call.

  7. :-) I chose Deep enough to drem too! Love that song, as for writing, I pray that your dream will be realised.

  8. dreams interrupted...i find that interrupted dreams in dreams and life are definately the ones we remember best!

    peace and blessings for your work in 2010.

  9. I had forgotten about that song -- I really like it!

    I also wish you well as you work on the dissertation.

  10. I wish you good writing mojo on the dissertation!

  11. oy! a dissertation... whew. we'll pile up the prayers for that... and for your call to remain sound, soul-full, and spirite filled.

  12. I'm impressed that your dissertation is "under control." Anyone who can say that is admirable. I need to write a dissertation or three scholarly papers to finally get my master's in theology, but I don't seem to care anymore. . . .but I'm not a pastor either.

  13. My personal theme song is "Dreams", by the Cranberries. Does that count?


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