What If…

What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in your hand
Ah, what then?
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge “What if you slept…”

What do our dreams tell us of heaven?

The last few nights I have dreamed of those with whom I once had a warm friendship but no longer do. My dreams were of grace and reconciliation, of walking and talking together and rediscovering our common goals and beliefs rather than dwelling on estrangement and sadness as we’ve gone our separate ways.

Upon waking, I wonder what vision of heaven this could be: finding the lost treasure of connection that I allowed to let go. Restoring a friendship is a strange and beautiful flower plucked in a dream. I must hold it gently in my hand as the precious gem it is.

What then is possible? And what now?

12 thoughts on “What If…

  1. I love this so much more that I can say! The flowers are exquisite; the poem gives me chills. I had read it before and remembered it but didn’t know the author; thanks so much for posting this today! I speaks to something in me I cannot name, and brings tears to my eyes. Thank you again for all the beauty, depth and wisdom you share with us on a daily basis.

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  2. Cher–thank you for expressing what my soul was feeling about this incredible post, but didn’t know how to say it! And bless you, Emily, for sharing your personal dreams with the rest of us, speaking life and love to our spirits…and possibilities…what if…? !

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  3. Beautiful. I had a dream 2 nights ago that was one of my visions into heaven. I was walking down to the front pew of a church and as I turned to sit down, there was my dear Uncle Glenn. He looked so good, so healthy, much younger than when he passed away so many years ago As we hugged, I cried tears of joy in seeing him. So much love. As I stood, I saw my dear Uncle Bill a few rows back. I then woke up. So real, so awesome.
    It’s been a number of years since I have seen loved ones in Heaven. They always look younger and so healthy. So much love.
    Thanks for letting me share.

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  4. Powerful!
    Like looking into a mirror through a time capsule.
    Some dreams seem to be intended by our Indwelling Spirit to call our attention
    to certain ‘unfinished business’ in personal relationships and other serious matters
    that we have overlooked – or have been reticent to face.
    We allow our souls – our consciences – to become immersed in the cacophony
    of unimportant, unnecessary intrusions that blot out what is the most crucial need that we have:
    That of listening to and really hearing His Voice, His Love and Care for us.

    Not to be omitted here are the uniquely beautiful flowers that you have chosen to share
    with us today. They are beyond any that I have ever seen.
    I wonder if we will see them in our eternal promised home?

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