Pastor Barb’s Weekly Message 4/2

Grace and peace to you all!

This Sunday’s reading is Ezekiel 37:1-14, the story of Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones.  (This is the passage that inspired the spiritual “Dem Bones”)  Here is the reflection from Steve Garnaas Holmes on this passage.  May it spur your thought and prayer!

        God said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?”
I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”
Then God said to me, “Prophesy to these bones,
and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
Thus says the Lord God to these bones:
I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.”

—Ezekiel 37.3-5

There are parts of you,
maybe great parts,
that have withered and died.

Maybe spiritual gifts that you have buried,
a face of yourself you have closeted,
wounds ignored, hopes starved.

Some have passed on, forever.
But some, God may breathe life into.
God may bring bone to bone and sinew to sinew.

You may be aware of it; a daily ache.
Or it may be unknown to you,
a hidden mystery.

What part of you is God bringing back to life?
Where is God’s breath blowing,
the dry bones moving?

Don’t direct the wind.
Don’t even worry where it is.
Just prophesy to the dry bones.

Speak hope.
Be open to the miracle.
Let God breathe, and wait.

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