Daily Devotion - March 30, 2021 - Reviving Dry Bones

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – March 30, 2021
Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Weekly Theme: Christ Lives
Today: Reviving Dry Bones

What a year this has been! Just over one year ago, we had our last service in church, and did not resume worship until several months later. Our little town was quiet as people did as they were told and stayed inside, only leaving their homes to pick up the necessities of life. Bit by bit, our small and loving church, inspired by a loving God, found new and different ways to share the love and life within our community as safely as possible. We found new ways to worship, visit, and reach out to others outside the walls of our church. From what seemed like a period of dryness, came a new way of worshipping, fellowshipping, and witnessing to others. How did this happen? Through reliance on the power of God Almighty Lord Jesus Holy Spirit, we have gradually regathered with renewed spirit and hope.

In Ezekiel 37:1-14, the prophet Ezekiel has a vision in which he sees a valley of dried, brittle, lifeless bones. God speaks to him and asks him, “Can these bones come to life”? to which Ezekiel replies, “God, only you know”. God then asks Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones. This directive from God may seem silly to us but Ezekiel begins to speak to the bones and tell the bones that God will cause breath to enter them, put tendons on them, make flesh grow on them and cover them with skin. Ezekiel then prophesies to the bones that God will breathe life into them. As he was prophesying the prophesy began to be fulfilled; from dry bones came life and a vast army.

God explains to Ezekiel the purpose behind this vision. The dry bones represent God’s people, the people of Israel, and their dried-up hope. God revives these bones through Word and Spirit, just as he can and does revive our spiritual dryness today. When God’s Word is accompanied by the Spirit, spiritual revival will occur within each one of us. Spiritual nourishment comes through Word and Spirit, inspiring us to a life together in worship, fellowship, discipleship and serving others. On Sunday, we will celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection, a physical manifestation of the power of God’s Word and Spirit, prophesied through the vision God gave to Ezekiel. God continues to work great wonders today through Spirit and Word!

Thanks be to God, that even during a pandemic and what could have been a season of spiritual dryness, Eureka UMC has found new life and new ways to be the church and has been sustained by the Holy Spirit and Word. Never doubt that both Word and Spirit can indeed bring spiritual revival to God’s church today! Praise be to God!

Dear God, thank you for your Word and your Spirit. Thank you for the wonderful people at Eureka UMC who have been so resilient through your Word and your Spirit. And thank you for Jesus who chose to die for our sins but was raised to new life to show us the power of your Word and Spirit. Help us to continue to lean on You, knowing that you will sustain us through what appear to be dry spells and reveal to us all that You would have us be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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