Ezekiel 37: 1-14
We continue today with the image of the possibility of new life emanating from absolute death. “My people have been saying, ‘Our bones are dried up, our hope is lost, and we are cut off.’”
We are cut off.
When I stop doing what I need to do to keep growing, I cut myself off from the Energy which gives me Life. When I begin listening to the negative thoughts in my mind, when I allow myself to be affected by another’s negative behavior, when I stop watching my thoughts, when I get stuck in thinking of the past or the future, when I stop taking care of the body temple, when I stop reading, praying and meditating, I cut myself off from a flow of Energy which gives me life and hope.
Again, we have this marvelous imagery from Ezekiel of a field of dry bones. The author even comments: “how dry these bones were!” We’re talking absolutely dead. Completely lifeless. In the words of Sophia Betrillo from The Golden Girls (God how gay am I??), “picture it! . . .” Picture yourself walking all alone in a field of dry bones and skulls as far as the eye can see. The picture would seem pretty bleak indeed.
Sometimes life is like that. You find out your partner cheated on you. Out of the blue your girlfriend, whom you’re absolutely in love with, breaks up with you. Someone you dearly love gets sick. A friend betrays you. Your husband who’s been sober for years, starts drinking again. . . . And the list goes on. Even though life can get like that sometimes, we are assured that this IS NOT THE END! New life will come!
“I will bring spirit into you, that you may come to life. . . . I will open your graves and have you rise from them!”
We always have hope. We always have hope.