“Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel” ‘ “ (Ezek. 37: 12).
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The Old Testament prophet, Ezekiel had a widely known vision in a valley of dry bones.
The corpses there had been scorched by the sun, picked over by vultures and jackals. God spoke to Ezekiel and asked if the bones could live again, to which Ezekiel replied that only God knew the answer. God then instructed Ezekiel to prophecy, and life was restored to what was a vast army.
Though Bible commentators agree that the bones were a symbol of Israel, this passage has a highly personal meaning for me.
Many times in my life I have been at the end of my strength.
As an abuse survivor, I have walked lonely beaches at night, and cursed hope for drawing me forward toward another dawn. As an advocate for the poor and a lawyer responsible for the welfare of clients and staff, I have fought many a losing battle. As a woman with chronic health problems, I have sat in emergency rooms at 3AM, and more than once lain prostrate in public restrooms, unable even to call for help.
Rarely did God make Himself known to me, in these circumstances. Unlike Ezekiel, I saw no visions, heard no voices. But at all times God was present. It was from God my strength derived, and He that carried me through the worst ordeals. Continue reading