The reading for today is Ezekiel 37: 1-14 The Valley of Dry Bones
Initially I was going to look for a different reading with all that is going on now but the more I thought about the reading, the more I realised it can speak to us today in our current situation
“The Babylonian exile was a tragic, and yet fruitful event in the life of the people of Israel. It was tragic, because the nation was torn apart. Yet, the exile also gave Judah an opportunity to rediscover its identity as a people. Much of what we know as the Old Testament emerged in the context of the exile. While, it was a challenging time for the people of Judah, who found it difficult to live in hope of a new and better day”
We are in a time where we are limited in the choices we can make as we are in our homes most of the time and restricted to going out to the reasons given by the Government, to protect ourselves and others.
This week I have been in school so that the students and staff that are looking after them have a clean and safe building. The staff around me are nervous and concerned but also only want to do their best to maintain a safe environment. Other staff at home are preparing the work for each student so they can continue to learn at home.
But we are also working to ensure when that day comes everyone can return to school and the building will be ready for the return.
What can we do now?
- Study Gods word
- Worship through the many online resources that are available
- Keep in Contact.
- Offer help where practical
Ezekiel said: “I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.”
We may feel as if our bones are “very dry.” They feel as if the life has been drained from them, but here is a word of hope. Say to the bones – Live. Call for the wind of the Spirit to breathe life into the bones of our nation and congregations. We may be in exile today, but the realm of God is there in front of us.
Let’s be ready for the day when we can get back out and give thanks and praise!