I was a bit wary of writing this because, it relates to a dream I had last night.  Now, let me be clear, I am not the sort of person who has prophetic or spiritual dreams, mine are usually the result of something I have eaten before bed and are more than a little strange!  This dream, however, was a bit different.  I haven’t been able to shake it and so I offer it to you for your own reflection.

It began with a sign (outside a building) that said


I know, it seems a bit corny and, as a minister, you would expect me to dream about Church and Church attendance (just for the record, I don’t!).  But then the dream went on.  So let me tell you a story….


It was the biggest, the best the most wonderful jigsaw there had ever been.  It was full of colour and variety and it was a little tricky for them to put together but, they thought, when it is complete it will be worth it.

They began at the edges.  Working out the corners and then they moved on to the long straights that linked the corners.  It took several days and a lot of thinking time but, they thought, when it is complete it will be worth it.

Once the basic outline was in place, they could begin with the trickiest bits of all; filling in.  Some pieces went in easily and some did not.  Some had to be taken out and tried elsewhere.  As they sifted through the pieces and sorted them into groups they thought, when it is complete it will be worth it.

After what seemed like an eternity, the picture took shape.  It was beautiful, amazing and useful all rolled into one.  It was the sort of picture that made the world a brighter place and the fine detail showed the skill and the imagination of the artist.  No matter how you looked at it you just knew that, when it is complete it will be worth it.

Finally the grand day arrived and the last piece was to be put into the jigsaw.  Try as they might, they could not find it.  They searched high and low, they pulled out all of the furniture.  But with one piece missing, the picture was incomplete.

If you have ears to hear, then listen….



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