The Impossible Dream

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

‘The Impossible Dream’ is not distant. We get involved with – and are the answer – to our dreams.

Captain Tom’s dream to support the NHS wasn’t left to somebody else. His ideas became actions.

Dreams and prayers are closely linked. Shane Claiborne says: ‘Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do.’

This is my quest
To follow that star —
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march
Into hell for a heavenly cause

Daily we see so many people giving, caring and sacrificing – whatever the cost.

Last night I was moved by the wife caring for her husband with Alzheimer’s. Her dream was that he should be loved and cared for. She was the answer.

John F Kennedy said, Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.’

And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To fight the unbeatable foe
To reach the unreachable star

I think of Jesus who gives his energy, emotions and ultimately his life to make the impossible dream possible.

In the self-giving Prayer of St Francis I am the answer to my dreams and my prayers.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love….
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy…


The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” by Mitch Leigh & Joe Darion. ‘The Impossible Dream’ is sung by Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (1965) (also 1972 film starring Peter O’Toole)

‘Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers’ by Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Kennedy quoted Reverend Phillips Brooks, during Remarks at Presidential Prayer Breakfast, February 7 1963

The prayer of St Francis is usually attributed to St Francis of Assisi (c1182-1226)

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