Last week, while visiting my sister and her family, I discovered that my niece and I share a love for The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Though she is still a bit young to see the film, and I have seen it multiple times, she knew far more words to three of the songs than I did. On the night that I arrived, after a full day of travel, she wanted us to sing together those three songs, complete with “choreography,” in the living room.
One of the songs was “A Million Dreams.” My tired body may have been ready to go to bed where those million dreams awaited, but this auntie’s mind was 100% present to her niece’s command. I put every ounce of energy into singing and dancing with her past bedtime (big shout out of thanks to her mom and dad for the later curfew!).
The next morning, walking down the hallway past her room, I heard familiar sounds as she readied for school.
Every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head.
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be.
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it’s gonna take
A million dreams for the world we’re gonna make.
The thought came to me: who knows what all the children in our lives are dreaming? Yes, they may sometimes tell us their dreams, but sometimes they don’t. While they are sleeping, who knows the millions of insights and ideas God is pouring into their minds?
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, children and teenagers and college students are out of school with more time to sleep and socialize. Why not ask them, “Did you have any dreams last night?” Why not talk to them about what’s in their imaginations? Take time to be creative with them.
More importantly, take some time in the Thanksgiving holiday to give thanks for the dreams God gives us all. As spoken by the prophet, Joel, the Holy Spirit has come and is with us, granting those dreams and visions. We adults often confine dreams to what we experience when we’re asleep. But children who wake up singing about dreams remind us that dreams are for the daylight, too. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your family, your community, this nation, and your world. We need a million dreams to wake us up sometimes. And dancing along never hurts.
all good things to each of you,
Also, the three minutes you spend watching this video of P!nk and her daughter sing “A Million Dreams” will be the best three minutes of your week. I promise. You may want a tissue handy though. Blessed Thanksgiving to all of you, friends!