Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Ezekiel’s vision of a valley of dry bones gives us a bright ray of hope in our darkest hour, which might have been the death of someone we held close to our hearts or the feeling that life is pointless. Maybe we are like the people of Israel who were convinced that their bones were dried up, all hope was lost and they were cut off completely.

But if God can make the dry bones of Ezekiel’s vision rattle back together and return to life, God can quicken us as well. And if God can break down the barriers that cut us off and give us a new start and a restored life, we have every reason to hope. And if God can put our lives together when they have fallen apart, we can hold fast, face our future with faith and move on.

Unlike the New Testament, the Old doesn’t say much about a resurrection, but Ezekiel catches the vision. God will create new life out of the remnants of the old. God will put the spirit within us and we shall live. That’s our bright ray of hope!

Send your Spirit to me, Gracious God. Quicken me, direct me and empower me to live the new life you offer. Amen.

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