Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Here we are in the middle of Lent, on April Fool’s Day, looking at a passage which I inserted into Staff Training for Day 5—Pentecost! I’m going to have the staff rewrite the vision of the valley of dry bones into “rappish” segments and then we’re going to sing “Dem Bones” using their “translations” of the dry bones story between the singings of the chorus:
Dem bones gonna rise again.
I know it, know it. Indeed I know it brother,
I know it, whee! Dem bones gonna rise again.
Sound like fun? Why not just try it yourself? First read the Ezekiel reference, rewrite it and then add the Dem Bones chorus. For years we have been singing a synthesis of two Bible stories—creation and dry bones.
But then these two stories have something in common. Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O Breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. … and the breath came into them, and they lived… (Ez.37:9-10) “…then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7).
The breath of God! Life! Ruach! The Wind blows. God’s Spirit!
Life is a gift from God. That’s what delights me about this passage.
These 72-year-old bones of mine…somehow God keeps breathing new life into them. But then such is also the case of a seconds old infant! --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff.
Closing: Watch this YouTube Video of "Dem Bones."
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