Hope

As a pastoral care practitioner, I have read and experienced a lot about despair and the loss of hope in people’s lives and have come to understand that hope is the one state of mind we cannot live without. We are presented today with two very important scriptures that deal with just that – hope and the consequences of being without hope. In the readings this week, both Ezekiel and John share stories that seem way beyond hope. The Gospel, which describes the raising of Lazarus and the Hebrew Scripture of the Valley of Dry bones in Ezekiel, both illustrate the enormous role God has in offering new life and hope to humans when we see no hope in sight. We are always challenged to find hope where there appears to be none. It is our human calling, to repel despair and trust that with God all things are possible. We hear that a lot, don’t we - with God all things are possible and I do believe that to be true.

I had another dream. The hand of God was upon me, and God brought me out by the spirit and set me down right in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. And God led me around among them; and behold, there were very many bones in this valley; and they were very...very...very...dry.

And God said to me, “O Human! Can these bones live?” And I answered “O Great God, you’re the one who knows that.”

Can these bones live? You’re the one who knows!

Can these bones live? You’re the one who knows!

Can these bones live? You’re the one who knows!

Prophesy to these bones!

Again, God said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of God’.”(signal your turn!)

Oh, dry bones, hear the word of God. Oh, dry bones, hear the word of God. Oh, dry bones, hear the word of God – prophesy to these