Jacob experiences the presence of God and gains reassurance through a dream, the famous dream of a ladder with angels going up and down on it.  One of the things that dream represents is the search to find higher meaning in our lives, a purpose that transcends the troubles or difficulties in which we all periodically find ourselves.  We want our lives, like the ladder in Jacob’s dream, to be grounded on the earth but reach to the heavens.  To achieve that, it is sometimes necessary to let the world around us fade a little and to open ourselves up to the dreams of our hearts.  We can see dreams as insubstantial, but the ancients understood that our dreams can contain great wisdom and guidance.  As we read the story of Jacob’s dream this week, may we reach inward toward our own dreams, the deepest hopes of our hearts, and may they guide us to a life that reaches toward the heavens.