Scripture

Ezekiel 37:1-6

1 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

Reflection

In his song “Resurrect Me,” Jon Foreman is writing from a place much like the valley of dry bones asking God to resurrect him. The chorus is as follows:

Father Time steals our days like a thief
There's no price that I wouldn't pay to get some relief
I've become the empty shell
Of a man I don't like so well
I am a living, breathing hell
Come on and resurrect me

Have you ever been in a place like that? Are you currently there? Has the job become a routine that isn’t life-giving beyond the material benefits of income, insurance and 401k? Or, if you aren’t working, has the day to day routine become more about surviving instead of thriving? We are powerfully reminded in Ezekiel’s vision that God wants us to be fully alive. He wants to give us what we need to be fully alive. So even if you’re walking strong with the Lord, identify a part of your life where you need to be more awake and intentional and ask God for help.

Prayer

Holy Father, help us be fully alive in every part of our lives. We lack nothing if we ask you for help. Give us an unsettling faith so we can see where we’re sleeping or simply going through the motions. Lord, you are alive! Thank you for choosing me. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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