Dream: Last night I dreamed that the sandstorm forecast in my dream of May 14, hit with full force. It was unbelievable! I could see nothing but brown outside. I was not afraid, but calmly closed windows to keep out the grit. Upon waking I asked the Lord for the meaning and he reminded me that severe dust storms are symbolic of economic hardship, as in the Dirty Thirties. I asked for a Scripture passage and he led me to the following:
Nehemiah 13:12-13 All Judah once more brought in the tithes of grain, wine, and oil to the storerooms; and in charge of the storerooms I appointed the priest Shelemiah, Zadok the scribe, and Pedaiah, one of the Levites, together with Hanan, son of Zaccur, son of Mattaniah, as their assistant; for these men were held to be trustworthy. It was their duty to make the distribution to their brethren.
“Beloved, the time of hardship is upon you. You do not know what hardship can do, even to good people. You must pray for yourself and for all, that in dire times you will remain filled with hope and charity. Prayer is key. There will come a time when you will feel called to move on. This model I gave to Nehemiah is the model I give for your time. There must be no hoarding, but hold all things in common with the brothers and sisters I assemble. Keep to the prayers. Distribute according to need. Let there be no jealousy or wrangling, but a spirit of peace and fidelity. The Holy Spirit will be with you in this time, in a new and powerful way. Do not be afraid, for I am near.”
Jesus, lead us! Holy Spirit, keep us faithful to your holy will. Guide us and give us all the gifts we need to live the truth in love. Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth. Amen.