Cheryl Dunlop Molin: Author, Editor, Photographer
Meditation on a Dream

One morning when my alarm clock rang I woke to a dream that seemed meaningful, but I couldn’t figure out what the meaning was. So I closed my eyes and stayed in bed to have a chance to ponder it before running about my day. Usually I can get away with that trick, but that morning I woke about 53 minutes later. But when I walked into the bathroom, the interpretation of my dream came to me.


The dream: I was looking out the window of a house, watching a white pigeon come in to land in the driveway. Just before it landed, rather than doing the “braking” of holding its wings out to slow itself down, it did a couple very slow, weak flaps. Then it held its feet out to land, but just before it landed, its feet clenched up. So it landed on its “knuckles” without proper braking, and instead of a graceful landing, it rolled. I knew it had died as it landed. But as I watched it continue to roll, I saw that now about half of the pigeon was dead bird, half was pages of print. “Then I awoke, and knew it was a dream.”


Though a white wild pigeon is rather rare, it is the same thing as the symbolic white dove—symbol of the Holy Spirit. So the interpretation that occurred to me—very appropriate for those who work of us in Christian publishing—is “the Spirit brings life, but the letter kills.” That’s backward from 2 Corinthians 3:6, in which it is phrased “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” The letter (the law) is supposed to come first, and once it has shown our true state of death, the Spirit offers life in Christ.


But what happens when we take that “life” and turn it back into “death” in our Christian books that have quenched all the mystery, the symbolism, and the joy and turned Christian living into dead cliches and simplistic how-to books? Is that not a way of quenching the Spirit too?
Other Stories and Essays
The stories and essays below were written at various times over the past 15 years. Right now I'm not putting up any that have been published. A couple of them are about singleness; in God's grace I am now married and may someday write a bit about that!
The Piggyback Ride: A true story from my first time at camp, when I was seven
Top Ten Things You Don't Want to Hear Your Electrician Say: moving into my Nashville house several years ago
A Night in the Basement: a college yearbook all-nighter
Priorities: A Love Story: fiction lovingly based on the life of a former pastor
Making a Difference in One Hour Sunday Morning: for teachers of children, with some stories from my years in Chicago
Stephen Crane and an Honest Look at an Unbeliever's World: an academic paper
A Theology of Singleness: musings on how the church should treat singles and singleness
Hybrid Singleness: an unpublished letter to Time magazine (probably sent in 2000)