Prayer: Help us be connected to you, O Lord. Amen.
Reading: Ezekiel 37: 1-14 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: There is an old Spiritual song about "Dem Bones" that I grew up with and most would recognize. The foot bone connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone connected to the shin bone, the shin bone connected to...and so on and so on. Dem bones, dem bones, dem...dry bones!
There is another version of a Dem Bones song sung at Camp Mount Luther and it is fun just the same if not more. "Dem Bones Gonna Rise Again", however, is not about the story in Ezekiel which is our text for today. Instead, the verses of this song tell the story of Adam and Eve. Which now I wonder why I even brought it up except that I like it and the chorus is worth sharing here:
I knowed it, knowed it.
Indeed I knowed it, brother.
I knowed it, weeeee!
Dem Bones gonna rise again.
Okay, it's better when you hear it and also sing, "Dem Bones gonna rise again" after every line in the verses. Oh, just come to camp and learn it. It will be fun. And your bones will rise again, weeeee! --Ruth Gates
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