Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Maurice: waking up

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
    —Ezekiel 37:4-6 (KJV)
    When the bones have become most dry, when they are lying most scattered and separate from each other, there is still a word going forth— ... from Him who liveth for ever and ever—the voice which says, “These bones shall rise.” ... All struggles after union, though they may be of the most abortive kind, though they may produce fresh sects and fresh divisions, though they must do so as long as they rest on the notion that unity is something visible and material, yet indicate a deep and divine necessity which men could not be conscious of in their dreams if they were not beginning to awake.
    ... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), Prophets and Kings of the Old Testament, Cambridge: Macmillan, 1853; Boston: Crosby, Nichols, 1853, p. 448-449 (see the book)
    See also Eze. 37:4-6; John 17:22-23; Eph. 4:11-13; Col. 2:2; 3:14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You breathe life into all the dead things in the universe.
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