Each week at www.larrypatten.com I write “faithful and foolish” reflections on the encounters between the Holy and human.
I also write weekly thoughts about my hospice experiences at www.hospice-matters.com.
Here's a snippet, a tease, from this week's (March 21, 2017) thoughts on faith, inspired by Ezekiel's odd, compelling vision of the valley of the dry bones . . .
THE LORD’S POWER OVERCAME ME, the prophet Ezekiel proclaimed in the 37th chapter of his eponymous book.
Part of that powerful, searing chapter involved a vision of binding two sticks together. Two sticks? But that’s the second half. The half we don’t recall and probably don’t preach.
It’s the opening verses in Chapter 37 that knocks our socks off, and takes our breath away . . . the vision of the valley of dry bones.
Those scattered, stark bones became a legion of living, breathing, vibrant humans filling an immense valley. From the dirt at Ezekiel’s feet to the far horizon, they were reassembled and rose, with the “vast multitude” demonstrating the vibrant dream and vital might of the Lord God.
The vision symbolized God’s potent glory.
The vision symbolized the rebirth of Israel.
The vision symbolized a stunning future . . .
YOU CAN READ THE WHOLE DARN DEAL at http://www.larrypatten.com/2017/03/21/we-dream-hope-but-cling-to-our-fears/