Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-10 (Click to read text)
I’m sort of excited for "Lunch and Learn" on the first Friday of staff training. The staff will be making a “rappish” kind of poem out today’s text. Then we’ll sing Dem Bones Gonna Rise Again using the chorus of the traditional camp song but singing the new Ezekiel poem as the verses. Sound like fun? I think so.
You remember the story. God drags Ezekiel out to this field covered with very dry bones. Like—DEAD. Then God asks the prophet, “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel is rather astute. He probably knows God wanted him to say “yes” but deep in his experience he knows the answer had to be “no.” So, he hedges.
“O Lord God, you know.” And God proceeds to show him. There’s a rattling and the bones come together. (Hear, Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.) Then sinew and skin. But no breath.
Ezekiel may or may not be a believer about these bones yet. But God puts him to the test. Prophesy to the breath, Mortal. (Gulp) Whether he believes or not, Ezekiel does what he is asked to do. He calls the breath from the four winds, “and the breath came into (the bones), and they lived, and stood on their feet.”
It’s a good day for us to be reminded that God can and will do anything God wants, whether we think it is possible or not. And sometimes we are brought along not only to witness but to be partners in what the Lord is doing. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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