Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lent 5 Sermon 10April11 - Prophesy to the bones




The Rev. Peter M. Carey
10 April 2011 ~ Lent 5 Sermon
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Greenwood, VA in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

He brings us
to a field of bones
a field
of bones
What are the bones?
The bones are the dry bones
the dry remains of things
that we have yet to bury
thoughts, actions, regrets, relationships
which have neither life
nor have they been laid to rest.
They are without sinews
without muscle
without skin
without even marrow
so they are bleached white
they have not breath within them.

So why are we here
in this valley of dry bones?
you might ask.
Right.
Good question.
Why are we here?
A field of dry bones
A valley of dry bones
The bones of our past
The bones of unrealized hopes
The bones of our regrets
The bones of those who still haunt us
The bones of times we have not quite laid to rest

The bones that contain hope for us

What?
How could the bones contain hope
How might these bones have life again?
They have been bleached white
fit for burial
not for life.

These are the bones which will rise.
Will these bones rise?
the Lord asks us.
Will these bones rise?

You know, Lord.
And we do, too.
It is here in the valley of bones
where we will find life.
It is here in the valley of bones
where we will find the bridge to the future.
It is here in the valley of bones
where we will find the bridge to life.
It is here in the valley of bones
where we will find the cross.

The cross,
the bones,
here in the valley of bones,
we will find the cross,
which we will take up and follow.
Here in the valley of bones
we will encounter those parts
of ourselves
which are not quite ready to die.
Here in the valley of bones,
we will find those parts of our past,
which are not quite ready to lay to rest
and which we need
which we need,
in order to live.

Prophesy to these bones.
Prophesy to these bones!
Give them life.

Prophesy to the breath.
Prophesy to the breath – “ruach”
Prophesy to the breath and give them life.

Where is your valley of bones?
Where your valley of bones is,
is where you will find life.
Where your valley of bones is,
is where you cannot avoid, any longer.
Where your valley of bones is,
is where the breath of God awaits you.

Prophesy to your bones
prophesy to the breath
give them life.

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