Recently, I had a dream that my best friend had died. I woke up pretty upset. This guy’s basically my brother, so I felt I should call his mom to express my condolences or maybe grieve with her. As I contemplating dialing the number I’d dialed so many times as a kid to find out if Kyle could come over, I knew, theoretically, that since it had been a dream, he should still be alive, somewhere, and this call wasn’t logically necessary. The response in my head was “Come on, are you going to not call a grieving mother because of some theory?” Pretty soon, the absurdity sank in, and I began to feel better. Turns out, Kyle was okay the whole time, unaffected by my dream, unaware of how vivid it was. Huh.
Of course, the unreality of dreams is no mere theory or doctrine; it’s simple truth. Believing it or not doesn’t change the truth. But understanding reality sure can lift the shade of gloom imposed by a fleeting dream.
And if you’re familiar with this blog, you probably know where I’m going with this. Jesus revealed that the kingdom of heaven is here and now. And indeed,
“Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief. It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised. His proof of Christianity was … Science…”
–Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 26
Christ’s teachings are demonstrated fact. All the things overcome by Jesus (storms, sickness, sin, death) need affect us no more than my dream, for dreams they must be, contradicting the Principle that is Love.
And Kyle’s still smiling.
So, any day is a good day for retelling the story of Jesus’ ultimate triumph, his proof of the insubstantiality of even the most vivid dreams (abandonment, scourging, and crucifixion). Including this Sunday.
So, on Sunday we’ll be hosting a church service, including singing, prayer, and a sermon given by our pastor on Jesus’ doctrine of atonement. We’ll start at 10:35am (EDT) @687 Centre St. in JP. Please come by or call in via (605) 475-4000 x636128#. We’d love to share our Sunday mornin’ with ya.
Grant and jpchurch
PS: a little ditty about the end of (the dream of) death, by a band called Gungor, having entirely too much fun: