The winds of change are always blowing. For us both, this can feel like a very windy season. There is much work to do and many opportunities to get caught up in the movement of God's Spirit. Just last Sunday, the prophet Ezekiel reminded us that God can and will re-flesh and bring life to dry bones. Jesus' calling of Lazarus from the tomb gave each one of us opportunity to examine the dead places in our lives and what new life might come from them at God's commands.
Yes, we are resurrection people. But, may I just say that resurrection work is hard work. Frankly, it can be exhausting. As Jill Duffield wrote recently, "Rolling away stones is hard work." And, she's right. Most of us are doing well to the work of the living - add to that the work of serving God's goal of raising the dead - and we are all soon looking for a vacation! I get it. I've been there myself. But, what excites me most about the work of resurrection is that it happens in every faith community - large and small, strong and weak, young and old. It happens in them all because that's what God's promise is all about!
Friends we will be together but for a short time. But, with God's help we will see bones with new flesh and we will roll away a few stones from tombs which have been closed too long. I pray that you'll pray for our work together and that you'll pray for me as I pray for each of you. May God bless us richly and deeply with strength and vision for the days ahead. To God be all praise, honor, glory, and dominion, this day and always. AMEN, Amen!