Food For Thought

Rev. Shirley D. Heermance




The song "The Impossible Dream (The Quest) is an incredible song composed by Mitch Leigh with lyrics written by Joe Darion.  It is a song from the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha and has been sung, over the years, by many artist.   It is both an inspiring and empowering song that has become the rally cry for the Fifth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church as we start into a new Annual Conference season.   It is composed of the most perfect expressions for people to come together again to renew efforts that will move us forward to peace, equity, liberty.  


With so much happening in our Nation and our World, that continues to incite divisiveness through hate and fear between people who should live in harmony one with the other, it appears that achieving unity is an impossible dream. With the COVID-19 virus being politicized, we might wonder if finding a successful vaccine or cure can ever be actualized?  When American Armed Forces are called to stand against peaceful American protesters, and vigilante groups are encouraged and allowed to come out against American Citizens who march for justice, how then shall peace prevail?  Do we dare dream to envision how to turn our current educational nightmare back into the process of facilitating learning in a manner in which both the student and teacher along with all others who make learning possible are safe in this infectious environment.   With our physical church doors closed and as we turn to virtual spaces for worship, yet yearning to be united in ways that we were before COVID-19, do we dare reach for the impossible dreams.


My soul says "YES!"  unless we are willing to settle for the nightmare that is developing all around us, even though are eyes are wide open.  We must dream, impossible dreams!  Believing that our dreams can be made reality in spite of how unattainable they may seem.  We must dream remembering that there is nothing impossible to our God, who both inspires and empowers us to dream impossible things.  

Today we fight the unbeatable foe.  The devil is busy, can't you see it is he who is stirring up the world's unbearable sorrow.  That it is he who is influencing the evil that is moving throughout the world, that causes the brave to consider if they dare to go...


"... To right the unrightable wrongs, to love pure and chaste from afar,

 To try when your arms are too weary,  to reach the unreachable star. 


(Nevertheless this should be our quest in times like these) 


To follow the 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..."


It is going to take courage, to fight our true foe.   But think about this if you will, that with our Almighty God and together Believers we can reach for the unreachable star.  Knowing this let us dream impossible dreams, until are dreams become our world's realities to change things into all possible good.



Transformation and Growth  ***  Spiritual and Physical Evolution


Psalm 84:1-2;4

"How amiable are Thy tabernacles,O Lord of hosts!

My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of the Lord:

My heart and my flesh cries out for the Living God.

Blesses are they that dwell in They House:

They will be still praising Thee.  Selah."


Historic St. Mark's AME Church

801 NW Harrison Street

Topeka, Kansas 66608

(785) 232-0709

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