"God said to me, "Mortal man, prophesy to the wind. Tell the wind that the soverein Lord commandes it to come from every direction, to breathe into these dead bodies, and to bring them back to life. Ezekiel 37:9 TEV

What an experience! We are told that Ezekiel found himself right in the middle of this valley full of dry bones. He is immersed in the image. It would seem God wanted him to really experience the desolation that exists when the spirit of God is absent.

God wants Ezekiel to let his people know that He and He alone can restore them. Only His breath can breathe life into their dry bones. "I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live." vs 14

Could the "dry bones" story be our story? Might God be grieving as He sees us foolishly going days, even weeks or months, relying on our own strength to solve our daily problems? Might a modern-day Ezekiel be given a messge from God that goes something like this? "Tell my people: 'I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live.'"

Lord, we are nothing but dry bones without your life-giving Spirit. Oh Holy Spirit, restore us and help us to be all that you have intended for us to be. Amen.

By Madeline, Nebraska