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)
During the dark days before the Civil War, slaves in the South had little to hope for. They had been torn from their homes and families in Africa. Their families were repeatedly shattered as husband and wife and children could be sold off in different directions. They turned to the words of Ezekiel to give them hope that some day they too might be free, might again be a people.

And so they sang that rollicking spiritual, "Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones . . . Now hear the word of the Lord. The foot bone connected to the ankle bones, the ankle bone connected to the leg bone, the leg bone connected to the thigh bone . . . Now hear the word of the Lord."

God gave Ezekiel a vision of a valley of bones. These bones had qualities that represented the situation of Ezekiel's people. They were dry, indicating deadness. There appeared to be no hope that they would be revived.

Will you allow God to revive your hope?

Dear God, revive my hope through Jesus Christ my savior. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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