The Valley of Dry Bones is the title for Ezekiel 37. We read in verse 3, “And he (God) said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, you know.’” Many of us may recall Ezekiel is a book in scripture willed with many vivid images. Here, before Ezekiel is a valley filled with death. The valley is “full”. Meaning no room for more bones. God asked His prophet Ezekiel, “Son of man, can to life?” Can these bones be resurrected? Can flesh return to the bones? Can organs begin anew? Will blood flow through the heart, and air through the lungs?
We may understand the idea of God is conveying to Ezekiel and to us. Are there not times we believe our life exist in the Valley of Dry Bones? You know what I mean - experience death in spiritual, emotion, and phycological ways. Our health is at risk and fear grips our soul. The bills need to be paid: money has been sparse. Your calendar is so stuffed with things to do and meetings to attend or lead that a Thanksgiving Turkey is not as full as your daily grind. The Valley of Dry Bones can encompass our relational struggle, as well.
Ezekiel’s response to God’s question is special and instructive to us. He answered, “ O Lord GOD, you know”. This answer is deep with faith. Life comes to the old dead bones only because God wills it. God, You raise life out fo death. You, our forgiving God, mends turbulent and rocky relationships. You, O God of the Cross, resurrects our soul from the catacombs of darkness. No matter the situation or relationship, You bring life to us on many levels.
Like Ezekiel, we boldly walk by faith; we speak the truth about Jesus Christ. We love you, O God, with our full and whole heart. Amen.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy” - Romans 15:13