Daily Devotion, 4-7-2020

Pastor: Connie Belmore

READING: Ezekiel 37:1-14

What images come to mind when you hear the expression, dry bones? When I was young, one of my chores was taking the scraps out after dinner. There was a forest of trees a good distance behind our house, and it was there that I would dump the scraps. Often, in the scraps, were bones from whatever meat we had eaten for supper. Over time, I would notice these bones would become dry and brittle. And that’s the image I have when I read today’s passage: dry, lifeless bones that have become brittle.

Some of us may wonder why this passage would appear during Holy Week. Well, perhaps it is because over the course of the week, as we read of the events leading up to the Passion of Christ and to the Resurrection, we see a swing from Jesus riding in to Jerusalem on a donkey amidst a crowd of cheering followers who see him as the One who came to save; but now, as the week progresses, his followers have perhaps become afraid or doubtful (after his turning over the tables in the temple) and they are becoming dry spiritually amidst the political and religious turmoil that they see in Jerusalem. This passage is placed here to give us hope that God, through Jesus, can resurrect us in our periods of dryness and bring life to us in times of spiritual drought.

Right now, during this Holy Week, we find ourselves unable to gather to remember, reflect and rejoice throughout this week. We may begin to feel spiritually dried up and lost because we miss the fellowship with one another. Let’s remember the One who can bring us life and connect us as the Body of Christ throughout difficult times; the One who breathes life into us through the power of the Holy Spirit and enlightens us on how we can still be the body of Christ during this time we are asked to stay home. Here is a thought: journal. You don’t have to use fancy words… just reflect on how God is speaking to you right now in the midst of your alone time; write down the things that you want to do for the Lord when you are finally able to get out and about in your community again; and then revisit this.

In the meantime, serve God with what you have… serve your family with love and patience; serve others through social media (that includes texts, emails, etc.), write letters to some of the elderly in your congregation; pray that God will ignite a new spirit in you and in your church; and write down how you have been and are being changed during this period of your life. Then move on with whatever activities will keep you busy… spring cleaning, exercising, meal planning, catching up with old friends through a phone call, etc. In other words, keep those bones moving… stay active spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Your dry bones will come to life!!!

Dear God, thank you for scripture that reminds us that without your presence in our lives, we can become like dry bones with no flesh and no breath. Help us to realize that you bring life to us and that you never leave us…you are constantly pursuing us. Yet we often, turn away and try to satisfy our longings with something other than you. Help us to know you are present, waiting for us to turn back to you and bring life to our dry bones. We ask this in the name of the One who makes the practice of resurrection possible every day, Jesus, your son. Amen.

  August 2021  
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