May 24, 2015

Whitsunday 2015

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Passage: Joel 2:28-29
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It was a beautiful summer evening almost ten years ago when I first met the nephew of our church’s Senior Warden in the small First Nations community in Northern Saskatchewan where I began my priestly ministry. I was at a wedding reception in a local community hall when a young man in his early twenties wandered in. He was clearly unsettled and quickly came to join the handful of us from the local Anglican Church who had come to the celebration. If I remember correctly, he had been away from Onion Lake First Nation for a few days, staying somewhere in a nearby city 45 miles to the south, trying to get some space from the ongoing problems plaguing his family life. By the time I met him, not only had he been struggling with these problems for the weekend, but he had also been walking – like other people from the community, he had half-walked, half-hitchhiked into the city a few days earlier, and I suspect he had covered a good 10 miles by foot on his return to the reservation by the time he stopped at the community hall. He was anxious to speak with his aunt, our Senior Warden, and when they were able to find a quiet corner he confessed that he had recently had a dream that he couldn’t understand. I do not remember the particulars of the dream – there were animals, I remember; eagles, I believe – but though the specifics escape me I do remember his aunt’s response after listening carefully to her nephew: “Don’t you see,” she said, “that God is calling you back to Him?” Your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions…

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