Read: Ezekiel 37:1–14

He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.” Ezekiel 37:3–5

God is a life-giver. God took the unformed matter of the cosmos and created a living and expanding universe. God called each and every creature into being. God walked with Ezekiel through a valley of death filled with dry bones and, with a single command, proclaimed that the dead could be raised to new life. Ezekiel didn’t know how such a thing could be possible. How could dry, marrowless bones be knit together again? How could the dispersed and disheartened Hebrew people ever return from exile? How could a broken nation be reborn and reunited? It seemed like an impossibility. But Ezekiel’s vision was of a life-giving Lord, a God who continually creates and recreates, a Spirit that lives to fill us with life. There is no valley so deep, no despair so dark, no death so final that God cannot retrieve us and renew us!

Where in your life do you need the Lord to bring renewal?

Lord, You offer us life. Life after death, and life before death! You are always calling us forward into deeper and richer ways of living. You desire for us to have life in abundance, and You desire to share in that life with us. Thank You, and help me to claim the life You are offering me today! In Jesusname, I pray. AMEN.