Thought for the Week

Campbeltown Courier - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

Ge­orge Bernard Shaw made fa­mous these words: ‘You see things and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were and I say, “Why not?” ’ John F Kennedy bor­rowed these words in a fa­mous speech in 1968 in the cam­paign for his pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion when he said: ‘Some men see things as they are and say, why; I dream things that never were and say, why not.’ We are in the won­der­ful and mys­ti­fy­ing sea­son of Ad­vent when the God of Heaven be­comes present on earth. Je­sus came to us as a rev­o­lu­tion­ary; as some­one who would turn the world’s val­ues up­side down; as some­one who said the first would be last and the last would be first; who said that the poor would in­herit the King­dom of God and the rich would be turned away empty; who told the re­li­gious elite of the day that they were a bunch of hyp­ocrites. No won­der he got him­self in trou­ble. But Je­sus had the God dream, the dream of how things could be if God was in charge and not the rulers of the world. Dare we dream of how things could be if this was re­ally the case? Dare we dream of a world where King­dom val­ues rule? Dare we dream of a world where in­tegrity and hon­our are the norm in­stead of the ex­cep­tion? Dare we dream of a world where the poor are cared for? Dare we dream of a world where no child goes hun­gry to bed, or cries in fear? Dare we dream of a world where all are val­ued re­gard­less of colour, race, eth­nic­ity, sex­u­al­ity or gen­der? Dare we dream these King­dom val­ues? Ad­vent is the time to dream.

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