Dry, Dry Bones

Sunday’s Scripture –March 29, 2020

Ezekiel 37:3

 

Reflection

Maybe it feels a bit like we’re in a valley of dry bones. Maybe you’re the prophet Ezekiel, bringing a message first of warning and then of hope to the people. Maybe you’re part of the heap. Either way, the question is before us: “Mortal, can these bones live?”

“O Lord God, you know.” We aren’t so sure.

For one thing, it is Lent. We may be starting to see the occasional sign of Spring. The days are getting longer, and buds are sporadically coming up out of the ground. We know that Easter WILL come; that is settled. But we are not there yet. Lent feels long and laborious, dark and gloomy, a bit like a desert or even a valley of dry bones. Forty days is a long time to wait for resurrection, especially when life as we know it is cancelled.

Because, for another thing, there’s a global pandemic happening. We need to be hyper vigilant about hand washing and distance-keeping. Everything about our daily lives is different and we aren’t sure what to do with ourselves or how long it will last. There’s nothing like tracking virus testing and numbers daily as the unavoidable reminder of our human fragility. We are more acutely aware of our desperate need of a Savior.

Maybe that’s the grace of this moment.

Would God cause a global pandemic? Absolutely not. But, would God use one to liven up some old dead, dry bones? You better believe it.

Maybe you know some people who are spiritually dried up and dead. Maybe that’s our church. Maybe that’s you. God wants to breathe on us afresh today. His prophecy to Ezekiel is for us too:

“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. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

 

Questions

  • Be honest with yourself- are you more spiritually dried up and dead or alive and breathing? What makes you say so?
  • Have you considered that the current circumstances are an opportunity to remember our desperate need for God? If this is a perspective shift for you, what does it change for you?
  • What are some ways that God’s breath can flow through you onto those around you today?

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