“God, the Master, told the dry bones, ‘Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life.’” Ezekiel 37:5 (The Message Bible)
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones.
Now hear the word of the Lord.
Perhaps you’ve heard those words of a spiritual song written in the late 1800s or early 1900s by African-American author and songwriter James Weldon Johnson based on Ezekiel 37. God’s spirit took Ezekiel to an open plain strewn with bones, and commanded the bones to come alive—bones reconnected (“the toe bone connected to the foot bone”) until the body became a human again. However, it wasn’t until God commanded Ezekiel to prophesy to the breath to enter the bodies that they became alive.
My husband Glen listened as I read this scripture aloud this morning. Together, we agreed that it is a story of hope. Glen’s been seeing a chiropractor three times a week to put breath back into his life—a stiff neck, twisted and decaying spine, and painful shoulders that hang like broken branches on a tree. He’s wracked with pain, sits with an ice pack on his neck for hours a day, and pops Advil as if they were M&Ms. We trust that he will become whole again—not the old body that high jumped in high school, but the one that can go out and try to score his age on the golf course.
Lord, please breathe your healing on Glen and everyone who suffers from aching bones. Amen.