Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. (Ezekiel 37:4 NRSV)

Do you know that song about the "Dry Bones"?

"The foot bone's connected to the ankle bone.
The ankle bone's connected to the leg bone.
The leg bone's connected to the knee bone...
Now hear the Word of the Lord!"

That song comes from Ezekiel 37. Ezekiel was one of the Jews living in Babylon at that time. And when they heard there that the Temple in Jerusalem had been destroyed, they knew they were a dead people. They even called themselves "Dry Bones!" Dry Bones that were wasting away in the sun. Dry Bones that didn't have a shred of muscle on them. Dry Bones that were beyond even a miraculous cure. And when God tells Ezekiel one day to preach to a bunch of Dry Bones, he says to God: You've got to be kidding! (Ezekiel 37:3) I mean, I've had to do some strange things as a prophet for you, Lord; but let's be realistic! Dry Bones are dead! You can't squeeze water out of a rock, and you can't make Dry Bones live!

But God is amazing that way! He does squeeze water out of rocks! And He does make Dry Bones live!

God of all, bring to life my dry spirit. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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