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The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for October 1, 2017


             I have always thought of dreams as part of our divine imagination.  We can't always understand our nighttime dreams but the dreams that we consciously hold in our mind can have great significance for us.  “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” These words from Harriet Tubman have inspired so many and reinforce for us the truth that all begins in mind and all begins with a choice.  Dreams become goals and goals become reality when we make the right choices and reinforce these choices with persistence.  

              This morning I was reading about O. J. Simpson's release from prison after nine years.  At one time his life was one that many young people dream of.  He had gained fame and fortune as a football running back.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.  After retiring from football, he began new careers in acting and football broadcasting.  His was a life that inspired dreams in others.  But, his life took a downward spiral in 1994 when he was arrested and charged with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.  His trial was publicized internationally which reflected his impact on the world.  He was acquitted.  But, his life would never be the same.  In 2007 he was arrested in Las Vegas for armed robbery and kidnapping.  He served nine years in prison and was released at 12:05 a.m. on October 1, 2017.  The dream life he once experienced had turned into a nightmare; a living one.  At 70 years of age, Mr. Simpson now has the opportunity for a new beginning.  Only time, and Mr. Simpson's choices and dreams will tell us how this new beginning will unfold.

              Many of us have had a life of ups and downs.  Perhaps not as dramatic or as exciting as those of O. J. Simpson, but we have had our disappointments and challenges; our successes and our accomplishments.  How much these life events have benefited us has been determined by what Harriet Tubman describes as our inner strength, patience and passion and our ability to turn within and draw from these attributes of the Spirit inherent within every living being.  I love this quote from Steven Spielberg: 
"I don't dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living."  

              Many people will never understand those who dream big because they are too busy judging them based on what they can see with their human eyes.  Those who dream bigger are seeing their lives with spiritual vision and this no one can see but themselves and the Spirit that is with them always.

And so it is!

Rev. Henry Bates

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