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Lenten Devotion 2015

Genesis 37:1-36
St Stephens Lutheran Church
January 2015

“I have a dream,” called out Martin Luther King Jr to the more than 250.000 people on a march on Washington DC for work and freedom on 28 August 1963, in front of the Lincoln Memorial,

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘… that all men are created equal.’

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by … their character.
I have a dream today!

King was 34, when he proclaimed his vision of a just society, and he paid for it with his life five years later. Joseph was a young man, just 17, when he witnessed the injustice committed by his brothers. Both dreamers had something in common: Their vision of protecting life. This is what they were hated for — placing life over profit.

Like Joseph by his brothers for 20 shekels silver, so was Jesus “sold” and betrayed by one his brethren, Judas, for 30 shekels silver, the price the Law had fixed for a slave’s live.1 ] His resurrection proves the victory of life over death ‑ that “your sheaves gather around mine and bow to my sheaf.”

I have a dream today … the dream that we will listen to each other’s vision of life and peace. Visions protecting you and me, and our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren, that “they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by … their character!”

Prayer

Lord God, father of your son and our brother Jesus, you have given us visions of life and peace in times of despair and sorrow. We ask you for the strength to bring into practice what we are dreaming for and to become people who know how to forgive hatred and to provide life.

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Footnotes

  1. The New Jerusalem Bible, comment to Mt 26:15 [top]

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