A Word From the Pastor
In the past few days it has been warm enough to open the windows in our house and let in some fresh air. Your never truly realize how stale the air gets during the winter until you have it contrasted with the fresh breeze coming through. There are many things that I love about fall and winter, but the increasing darkness and frigid temperatures are not on that list. Yet the quiet hum of winter gives us rest to prepare for the new life and activity that comes with the warming weather. We need that balance with resting to support the springing forward.
During Lent, we are within those moments of rest and preparation, waiting for the moments of Holy Week where death gives way to life. Each year we go through these seasons, and each Easter we celebrate new life in Christ. Sometimes we can go through the same cycle and end up in the same place, like a never-ending circle. The challenge for us as individuals and as people is to find a way that we might allow each pass to spring us forward into a new place. In Ezekiel 37, God took the prophet out to a valley that was filled with dried bones.
3He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord God, you know." 4Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord." 7So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.9Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." 10I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
When the prophet turned to God for guidance and spoke out words of prophecy that was filled with divine power, the bones lived. Let us, in this time of waiting and preparation look to the promises of God made through Jesus Christ for the power to stretch, and breathe, and come to life. May our lives and our church be centered on the mighty power of Jesus Christ, for it is that power which will give us the strength to shake off the dust and be made new.