To me, one of the more beautiful and inspiring passages in the Old Testament comes from the book of Joel. In Chapter 2, verses 28-29, the prophet Joel describes how God will manifest His spirit on His people.
“And afterwards I will pour out my spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men (and women) will dream dreams, and your young will see visions.”
While these words are very ancient, we who live in the present know that God continues to pour out His spirit on all those who believe and trust. From the depths of God’s love, and out of the depths of our belief, we know the power of the spirit to shape and transform our world.
What a blessed image and promise this can be for us at St. Andrew’s. For the Holy Spirit promises something for everyone. Our very own sons and daughters can prophesy. Our old men and women can dream dreams. And our young people, the very future of St. Andrew’s, can see visions.
Is there any more exciting picture of St. Andrew’s present and future than this? And isn’t this future inspiring, and worthy of our deepest belief and trust? Think, if you will, of the prophetic announcements our sons and daughters can give voice to. Imagine how our older believers can inspire St. Andrew’s with our dreams. And perhaps best of all, try to imagine the glorious visions of which our young members are capable.
Prophesy, dream and vision. These can be the core of our spirituality at St. Andrew’s now and in the future. Something for everyone. And I would like to think, knowing as I do the believers at St. Andrew’s, that somewhere in the midst of our visions, dreams and prophecies is an image of a better world. A world where God’s reign in Heaven, becomes God’s kingdom on earth. Where peace and justice for all God’s people will thrive. A world where the hungry are fed, the naked clothed, and the stranger is welcome. And at St. Andrew’s in particular, all manner of people are free and encouraged to worship with us. All of this is possible and inevitable to the degree that each of us, sons and daughters, old and young, become vessels in which God’s Holy spirit can dwell.