Few things say Thanksgiving is over more than turkey bones. While we all dream of the perfect holiday meal with everyone well-dressed and using their best table manners, the reality is for many of us Thanksgiving dinner looks less like a Norman Rockwell painting and more like a pride of lions tearing apart a wildebeest carcass on the African savannah. What moments before had been a magnificent golden brown feast emerging hot from the oven, in a matter of minutes looks like the scene from a kill on the National Geographic channel. You can hear the narrator’s calm, British-accented voice, “The pack, having eaten their fill, now loosen their belts, retire to the couch, and slip into a tryptophan-induced turkey coma.” On the table, all that’s left are the bones. That turkey is dead.
Bones mean death, and yet in the book of Ezekiel we see that reversed. Some of you covered that in Sunday school this past week (and by the way, I encourage you to come to Sunday school!). In Ezekiel chapter 37 the Lord shows the prophet Ezekiel a valley of dry bones, enough for an army, but very, very dead. God tells Ezekiel to speak the word of the Lord to the dry bones. Ezekiel is preaching to skeletons! And yet he hears a rattling sound, and soon the bones connect and are covered with flesh and skin, and new life is breathed into them. They are alive again! What does this somewhat bizarre passage have to do with us? It reminds us that the word of God brings life to dead things. Apart from Christ, we were all spiritually dead. We need the word of God to make us spiritually alive. That happens when we first trust Jesus for salvation, but we need it throughout our walk with Christ.
We all experience spiritually dry seasons. Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of celebration, but for many they are seasons of stress and loneliness. We need the word of God to revive us. I encourage you in the busyness of the holidays to spend time in God’s Word. Read your Bible! If you are on track with the F260 Bible reading plan, you are almost done! Will you join us again next year for a new Bible reading plan? Dr. Terry begins a series of sermons on Advent this coming Sunday, where we look forward to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. On Wednesday evenings in December, our adult Bible study groups will meet together to look at the family tree of Jesus. Look to the Lord and His Word for hope and renewal. Jesus is the One who saves us from our sins and gives us new life. That is something we can truly be thankful for.