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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 24, 2015

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SUNDAY, May 24   The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

Ezekiel 37:4 O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

The chosen people had been in exile for seventy years, their homeland occupied by a foreign power, their city and its temple in ruins. All seemed lost. Then the prophet Ezekiel had a powerful dream. He saw dry bones in a desert valley. At the Lord God’s command, the dry bones moved, rattled, and assembled themselves. Flesh grew upon them, skin covered them, and breath (or Spirit) entered into them. Dry bones lived!

The church sometimes feels like a collection of dry bones, cherishing its brittle, lifeless relics from a bygone day while being tossed aside by a new generation. But at the Lord God’s command, dry bones can live again. The new will incorporate the old, but it will not be identical to the old. It will surpass the old. It will astonish.

God moves ever forward, never backward. The Day of Pentecost celebrates the power of God’s Spirit (or breath—in the Bible, one word means spirit, breath, and wind) to revive and astound broken, defeated people. It is not something we do or expect—we cannot even imagine it. It comes upon us from outside. It is the work of God alone.

PRAY for the Diocese of Northern Luzon (Philippines)

Ps 104:25-35, 37b; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

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