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Ezekiel 37:4 “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! “

The last time our Church Body met was in March.  And while we have a weekly online service…it’s just not the same.  This past week our Pastor sent out 5 questions for everyone to answer, and one of them really struck home for me.  The question asked in what ways had we experienced loss during the COVID 19 pandemic?  The word loss got me thinking about the stages of loss – shock/disbelief, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, and finally acceptance/hope.  Now while  I haven’t lost a friend or family member to the Corona Virus, or lost my job or business in the aftermath…I’ve watch in stunned sadness as millions of people have.  So in a way, this profound loss can not help but effect me too.  And when you couple this feeling of loss with a pervasive sense of uncertainty, I’m only left with dryness…a desert within my soul.  But God’s remedy for this arid condition is simple…His Word.  For just as Ezekiel spoke to the Valley of the dry bones and they lived…so my soul can be made alive through His Word.

Ezekiel 37:3 ” He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ “

The Lord had brought Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones and asked him this question.  The only appropriate answer Ezekiel could give is, “O Lord God, You know.”  Rather running ahead of God “doing something”, Ezekiel was waiting on the Lord’s direction and working within His Will.  Many times it’s so much easier to “do something” rather than to just trust in the Lord and wait on His timetable.  What we see as good works and “helping” God is more panic than inspiration.