Raising the Dead
Through the raising of Lazarus, Jesus pre-figures his own resurrection. Jesus shows that He is indeed the resurrection and the life. But he also brings new spiritual life. The valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel is a promise that God can bring us new life when we feel the stresses of life have drained all of the spirit out of us. In times when our Spiritual life seems to be a desert, Jesus can renew us, no matter how dead we feel. Resurrection is hope for the future, but also hope for today.
Gracious Lord, we have grown used to living life only half alive. We let the cares of the world weigh us down, until we feel like giving in to the forces of darkness. When You offer us renewed life, we sometimes doubt that You can provide it. We have grown complacent in living life without the fullness of Your Spirit. Forgive us, and open us to the renewal and healing that You want to bring us.