Every day, I receive in my email inbox a lovely, colorful, compelling, or fascinating photo enhanced by a Bible verse. Although I set aside time to read the Scripture on a daily basis, this is one email I always, always open. For one thing, I just love the pictures. I’m not sure who selects them, but I do know many of the photographers (some are author friends of mine!).
However, it’s the verse that more often than not makes me stop a moment, consider its meaning, and be uplifted. It’s that one extra moment in the day I’m reminded of my creator, and that he loves me. Sometimes, like today, the theme even matched something I dreamt about last night. Here’s the story on that:
Yesterday I’d mentioned to my husband that a friend of mine who had moved away was having trouble finding the same sense of community she enjoyed while living here in the Midwest. I felt so bad for her, because the obvious result is loneliness.
Later, I read about an upcoming court hearing for the man who killed one of our neighborhood children in a boating accident last summer (alcohol + boat is never a good combination).
Obviously the two incidents made an impression on me, because last night I dreamt of seeing a large group of people laughing and enjoying each other’s company, on their way toward a boat. They seemed to be having such a great time, and in the dream my thought was the same as my lonely friend’s: I wanted to be in on their sense of community.
However, after this happy group boarded their boat, the police arrived to arrest everyone because they had too many people aboard for the size of the boat. Too much community!
It’s always interesting to me how the brain works, and I guess the origin of this dream is fairly obvious. But then this morning, one of the first emails I opened was from Clash Entertainment, my daily dose of Scripture. With a backdrop of some lovely horses, it read:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (Eccl. 4:10, NIV)
The Scripture reminded me to raise my friend in prayer, and I can’t think of a better thing an email can do.
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