by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #147, CT#110113

(II Samuel 7)

I believe it was Walter Cronkite who reported on an interview with Anwar
Sadat who had said in the interview that he hoped to retire next year, to be
able to step down as President of Egypt and that there would be pceace- i the
Middle East. He so longingly wanted to see peace in that war-torn part of the
world. But this week, we watched with dismay and grief as another man of peace
was stricken down by the bullets of assassins.
It makes you wonder what kind of world we live in, when seemingly those who
want peace the most are taken out by war-like methods. I looked at
Anwar'spicture and heard of his personal dream to someday see peace, and I
realized that his dream was shattered in that burst of gunfire and grenades at a
Have you ever had a broken dream? Napoleon had one. He wanted to conquer
the world, and as he neared the end of his life he said, "My dreams are broken.
It seems," he said, "that great men have only one destiny and that's to burn out
or be consumed, and my life is a dying light in time."
Captain Scott, writing in his diary at the North Pole, said, "This is the
end of the dream."
How many times have men and women come to the end of what they thought was a
dream? How many times have we, in our conquests in trying to succeed in life,
come to the point where we knew God wanted a certain thing for us, and then,
suddenly, like somebody taking a pin to a balloon, the dream was broken.
You may have a son or daughter that you just knew God had this plan for--but
they went another direction.
Or you felt that God was calling you into a ministry, maybe to preach or be
a missionary, or something like that, and something came along and the dream
burst, and there you were with an empty dream.
Maybe it was a romance. You just knew God ...

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