• Calmness brings soothing respite • Words washing like gentle rains will soften the earth • The right ingredients from a pure heart bring healing • Soft words soothe but harsh words destroy • Smooth speech in a vengeful heart covers a drawn sword • A wholesome balance is restored with purposeful application • Joy lights the eyes and shines from soft faces • Doing what comes naturally is not always a positive thing • Healthy habits are both internal and external • For good or ill, we absorb whatever we cover ourselves with • Worries can be sticky and cause severe irritation • We are protected from dryness when we stay close to the Source
from “Reflections from the Everyday” Charlotte-Anne Allen 03/05/2021
• We may become stiff and dry from the rigors of life • The warmth and compassion of others can restore and renew • A friend who listens is like a welcome scrub • Scrubbing helps clear away dirt and accumulated grime • Rinse away stress and fatigue • Rest after a job well done • We can become musty from disuse • Putting your skills to good use is satisfying • A worn cloth is full of memories • Warm companionship and thoughtful service transform
When the Hebrew people were in the land of exile, home of the Babylonians, God first spoke to the Jewish priest named Ezekiel. He was only thirty years old! … God had allowed the people to be taken into exile because they had turned from Him, worshiping idols, offering their children as sacrifices, living immorally, violently, and selfishly.
God gave words to his new prophet Ezekiel to call them back to Himself, hard words and difficult messages. There were some really weird visions!
In one vision, there was a valley full of dry bones! “Ezekiel, can these bones live?!” “Only You know sovereign God!” “Prophesy, speak to these bones. I will restore them and put breath back into them.”
And so, Ezekiel obeyed and God did as He said He would.
Wow! Dry bones. Dead. Without life. Unable to stand. To walk. To serve God and care for others. God speaks, breaths on those dry bones (on us), and restores life. Sinews. Flesh. Bones knitting together. We begin to take on God’s character. The breath of God’s Spirit fills us and He raises His children to stand in that dark valley of dry bones.
Shepherd us, oh LORD I pray! Bring our dry bones to life! Breathe in us Your very being, That we may walk in You anew!