GPS: March 25

By March 25, 2014Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

 

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.  He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?”  I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”  Then he 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.  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.”  So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.  Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”  I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.  Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel.  They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’  Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.  And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people.  I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act,” says the Lord.

Food for Thought:

This passage is referred to as the Valley of Dry Bones.  When I read this passage of Scripture, I can’t help thinking about the Afro-American spiritual, Dem Bones, that I learned as a child.  Do you remember the song?

Chorus

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.

Now hear the word of the Lord.

Verses

Toe bone connected to the foot bone

Foot bone connected to the leg bone

Leg bone connected to the knee bone…

 

Where do you see dry bones in this world?  What could you do to address the parched areas of this world?

Prayer:

Creator Spirit and Giver of life, make the dry, bleached bones of our lives live and breathe and grow again as you did of old.  Pour out your Holy Spirit upon the whole creation.  Come in rushing wind and flashing fire to turn the sin and sorrow within us into faith, power, and delight.  In your sacred name we pray, Amen.

 

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