Did Jesus dream?

Did Jesus dream? 
Were his dreams oracular, spectular, unconsciously omniscient, encompassing future and past, nebulae and black holes? 
Were there days when night hung from his shoulders, unlight, leaden remnants of memory or premonition? 
Did Jesus delight in the absurdity of dreamscape? 
Was he ever afraid to close his eyes? 
Did he crawl into bed with his father and mother, wrapped like a warm loaf, dreaming a knock at the door, importuning, 
“Friend! I want only a piece of your bread …” 
I ask as one in search of rest, tired of caterwauling chaos. 
Jesus, did you dream that it would come to this?

You are Emmanuel.
From the milk dream of the infant barely aware of world beyond the womb to the tremor of the cross, the absent vision of the grave, you have harrowed humanity, our conscious and unconscious need,
and hallowed it.


This poem was first published at the Episcopal Cafe, part of the Episcopal Journal

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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1 Response to Did Jesus dream?

  1. I’ve been doing a huge amount of dreamwork over thie past 9 months, It has been good for me. So was this poem. Thanks for writing it and posting it.

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