Saturday, March 31 ::: Can These Bones Live?

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The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon 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.”

Ezekiel 37:1-6

audio : The Funeral, Band Of Horses (2006)

image : History’s Shadow, David Maisel (2007)

In evil long I took delight, unawed by shame or fear, Till a new object struck my sight, and stopped my wild career.

I saw One hanging on a tree, in agony and blood, Who fixed His languid eyes on me, as near His cross I stood.

Sure, never to my latest breath, can I forget that look; It seemed to charge me with His death, though not a word He spoke.

My conscience felt and owned the guilt, and plunged me in despair, I saw my sins His blood had spilt, and helped to nail Him there.

Alas! I knew not what I did! But now my tears are vain: Where shall my trembling soul be hid? For I the Lord have slain!

A second look He gave, which said, “I freely all forgive; This blood is for thy ransom paid; I die that thou mayst live.”

Thus, while His death my sin displays, in all its blackest hue, Such is the mystery of grace, It seals my pardon too.

With pleasing grief, and mournful joy, my spirit now is filled, That I should such a life destroy, yet live by Him I killed!

John Newton, 18th century

 

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