"He asked me: Son of man, can these bones come to life? I answered, 'Lord God, you alone know that.'"
This dry bones reading always reminds me of doing "The Cup of Our Lives," a Sr. Joyce Rupp prayer/study, so many years ago. The vividness of the description of the dry bones ("How dry they were!" v. 2) always sends me back there, to the field of dry bones. Pray-as-You-Go this morning offered some good food for thought around this reading. First, we all have gone through a dry bones time in our lives--perhaps several. When we think about those times, can we remember the dryness we felt, perhaps hopelessness, lifelessness, so dry? Going back there, can we remember a person or group of people who were there for us, encouraging us, getting us up and moving, one foot in front of the other each day? In the reading, God uses Ezekiel the prophet to bring the dry bones to life. Even though God worked the miracle, God chose to accomplish the miracle through Ezekiel, a human being. And that, Friends-celebrating-a-summer-Friday, is how God works today. God still works the miracles through human beings...real humans, like us. Let's pray that God will find us open and willing to be used as a miracle for someone going through a dry bones time. God can do anything, but God chooses to use us to make the miracles happen. And that can only happen when we are open and willing. Love, heidi