07.29.2020 Devotional

07.29.2020 Devotional

Dear Friends,

Writer Langston Hughes wrote a poem about what happens when a dream is deferred. I have been reflecting on this poem over the past week, and it sums up where we are in light of the pandemic. Prior to the virus, we all had dreams of where we would be, where our lives would be, where society would be. Once we realized the pandemic was real, we went into a different dream state. We focused on things getting back to where they were, and hopefully, in as short a time as possible. And now, we are coming to the realization that we need to and have to dream new dreams.

I know this is difficult, but God is always dreaming new dreams for us. Let’s spend time this week opening our hearts and minds to a new reality that God has planned for us.


Holy God, help us to not be afraid, but to welcome the new creation that you place before us. May we find new ways to love you and to serve you. Amen.

A Dream Deferred Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore—

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over—

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?


Blessings, Pastor Denise


Prayer Requests: Please keep Robin Eagen and her whole family in your prayers. Robin is recovering from a fall and is in a Portland hospital.

  January 2021  
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