New Life

I received this meditation from a ministry I support. I thought it was especially good for today, so I send it on to you. I had coffee with a friend last week and he commented that the history of addiction in his family, colored his Christmas today. Those of you who are away from family members because of addiction, read and take the past before the Lord. He is the great physician. Pray for those who are still caught in addiction. It is God’s love that heals us all. Pray for healing today.

Fr. Jim+

Life from Death
Bible Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
It may be that our families have been governed by the craziness of addiction for a long time. It may be that we have lost hope of ever recovering; our hope may be just a skeleton, long dead.

God has demonstrated his power to restore in even the most hopeless of situations. Consider this vision given to the prophet Ezekiel. “I was carried away by the Spirit of the LORD to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among [them]. . . . Then he said to me, ‘Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, “Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’_” Ezekiel saw these bones come to life. The Lord explained, “These bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones-all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel’_” (Ezekiel 37:1-2, 4-6, 11-12).

Israel is the only nation in history that has been nearly destroyed, the people exiled throughout the world, and then, centuries later, reborn as a nation. If God was able to restore the nation of Israel, surely he can restore our lives as well!
If God can give life to scattered bones, he can restore our shattered lives.

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