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New Testament Scripture: Luke 4: 1-13
About a week ago, I awoke from a bad dream. My dream was essentially a memory, a memory of me getting picked on as a kid. A playground bully was forcing me to do his bidding. It was the smallest of incidents, but I was amazed at how miserable I felt in my dream. It was as if I had relived the incident with all its fresh wounds. Be that as it may, normally I forget my dreams, but for some reason this one stayed with me. I get obsessed sometimes with making meaning out of life, and I kept trying to figure out why it is that kids have to have these seemingly unredeemable experiences that apparently leave a very lasting impression.
Recently, along with others from our church, I attended the Earth Care Summit sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and their Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns. The conference room at the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center in Portland was packed. It was standing-room only. More people than anticipated had come.