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Commentary by Deacon Chris Lemley:

What are your dreams?

And he said, ‘Hear my words: When there are prophets among you, I the Lord make myself known to them in visions; I speak to them in dreams.  Numbers 12:6

As we did in our first meditation in this advocacy season, we go back to the Old Testament and how God makes God’s wishes known to prophets in dreams.

Certainly we all have dreams – dreams of what our world could look like “only if….” So what are your dreams?  How has your faith led you to view some of the secular issues surrounding us today?  How does your faith call you to address some of the issues which our state legislators will be addressing this year on your behalf?

Some of the areas that Bishop Rob Wright has already expressed an interest in being informed on as they move through the process are health care, education for all, human rights, immigration and the protection of children.

So let’s all start becoming engaged in those conversations. 

Drop an e-mail to me at - Please start your e-mail with these words:

“As a person of faith, an Episcopalian, I have been and am vitally interested in” the issue you believe you are called to add your voice to.  For example, for me, it would read, “As a person of faith, an Episcopalian, I have been and am vitally interested in protecting children from becoming enslaved in being trafficked for commercial purposes.” 

And then write a paragraph or two about how you faith informs you on that issue.

I’ll combine all of these and make them anonymous (unless you ask me to use your name and/or parish), and let Bishop Wright know what you are thinking.    And then we will let the legislators know what’s on your mind as a person who is moved to represent the living Christ in the world today by adding your voice to the conversation.

[And Jesus said] What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.          Matthew 10:27