Each person is precious to the Lord of Life, Jesus Christ, and to each person of the Most Holy Trinity. This is because we were created in love in the Image and Likeness of God. We live our life here on earth in our body, and with our mind or psyche, and with our spirit, all given by God, yet we are not yet whole and complete, integrated and fulfilled, and each part living in harmony with the rest and with God and Heaven. Here on earth we are in the process, consciously or unconsciously, of working this out, yet there are days in all of our lives when we feel like the dry bones that the Prophet Ezekiel saw so long ago in a vision. When we are feeling dry, life seems hard, and we are needy but without much hope of help and this dryness can go on for some time, and we can even feel that it will continue forever. What the Prophet Ezekiel saw was that with God there is hope in even impossible situations beyond hope, like the dry bones lying in the valley of death. Here is what the Lord said to Ezekiel, “…Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.” (Ezekiel 37:4-5)
We need to move beyond just the dry bone days and nights, however long they may last. We may feel inertia, and be restless, unmotivated, and uninterested—stuck in the hole. We need to find hope, and then enter into the condition of grateful and sympathetic love for God and for others made in His Image and Likeness, His People. We need to see that they too, like us, can grow in time into the fullness of the Heavenly condition even if today this seems far, far away. We need to believe that our and their dry bones can become alive. Another Prophet, King David, wrote encouraging words about this condition in one of his Psalms. It is the promise of life in a loving community of souls, of the fullness of blessings poured out upon our heads and hearts, and the gentle dew of hope and love that accepts ourselves and others in sympathy even in our brokenness and pain, and covers us with the refreshment of a Heavenly mind. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that settled upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forever more.” (Psalm 132:1-3 in Septuagint numbering; 133:1-3 in Hebrew numbering) May we accept the dry bones when they come, but give them to Christ to make them alive and in that life, bring to us soothing dew from Heaven, cleansing us, refreshing us, and renewing us to live with Him forever. Amen.