Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones

“The bones moved and came together, bone to bone.” Ezekiel 37:7

imageThe old spiritual, Dem Bones, came from the first chapter of Ezekiel. The song reconstructed the skeleton of a body limb by limb:
The toe bone connected to the heel bone.
The heel bone connected to the foot bone.
The foot bone connected to the ankle bone.
It’s easy to connect those dry bones…. 

By the time the song was over, the bone structure was complete. However, it was only a skeleton instead of a living human being until God covered the bones with sinew, muscles and skin and breathed life into the lungs.

How many of us are walking around as a skeleton? Is our soul withered, sick, sad, rejected? In verse two of the bone story, God’s Spirit asks Ezekiel, “Son of God, can these bones live?”  Ezekiel answers, “Master God, only you know that.”

God used the dramatic scene in Ezekiel as a symbol of how Israel had become dried up and hopeless. God promised he’d take care of them–to breathe his life into them so that they might live. He does this for us today in an even more dramatic way: through the life, death, and resurrection of his son, Jesus, the Messiah.

Lord, when my bones begin to ache, may this be a reminder to not let my soul dry up and waste away. Amen.




About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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