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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: Speaking life to dry bones
By Melanie Kerr


The hand of the Lord was upon me one night
He took me and showed me an awesome sight
Into a valley the Lord set me down
With hundreds of bones just scattered around

We walked back and forth surveying the scene
So many dry bones, by vultures picked clean
He asked me the question, "Can these dry bones live?"
"You have the answer," was all I give.

He told me to prophesy, speak out His word
Speak life to the bones? - it seemed so absurd!
And yet from my youth I had always obeyed
Done what God asked and never delayed

"You bones lying here, receive God's own breath
No longer be scattered and ruined by death.
Muscles and tendons and flesh cover you
I speak to you now, let His life come flood through."

And then such a noise, a clattering sound
Began to be heard from the bones all around
The bones began shifting and moving about
Coming together, God's power beyond doubt

Skeletons no more they were covered in skin
And yet they weren't breathing, no life was within
I spoke to the Spirit, the breath of the Lord
To breathe into the slain, this sleeping horde

Suddenly God's mighty work was complete
The men came to life and stood up on their feet
An army so vast, like the stars in the sky
Raised from the bones that were scattered and dry

"My people, like bones are dry without hope
Cut off and dying, unable to cope
Now I shall open their cold lifeless graves
For I am the One, the Almighty who saves

"I'll bring back my people, take them by the hand
And lead them back home to the Promised Land
Inside by My spirit I'll will take up My home
I'll make them My dearest, My treasure, My own.

"Settled, secure in My care they will be
The nations around will look closely and see
That I am the Lord, and My word is true
The things that I promise I surely will do."

Based on Ezekiel 37:1 - 14

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Kenn Allan06/23/06
I'm a sucker for story poems, so this was a good read for me; it was like reading the story in the Bible again for the first time.
Helen Murray06/23/06
The rhythm and the rhyme give their own life to this story. They seem to add certainty to it.
It's great to see both rhythmic and rhyming poetry again.
Linda Watson Owen06/25/06
Wonderful approach to the OT story and to this Challenge topic! Yes, it was like seeing this familiar story with brand new eyes! 'Thank you' to such a skillful weaver of delightful verse!
Julia May06/25/06
This is an awesome poem - so creative and visual. I loved it. In Christ's Love,

Suzanne R06/26/06
What a magnificent retelling of this passage! Well done.
Jan Ackerson 06/26/06
I wish there was a delightful and meaningful poem like this for every Bible passage...it certainly brings freshness to the chapter! Love it!
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/26/06
Such a powerful and masterful way to retell a familiar old story. The way you wrote this made it not only easy to read, but fun as well. Good job.
Phyllis Inniss06/27/06
A very clever rendition of this Biblical truth in verse. You seemed to find the right words to give true meaning and rhythm to your poem, putting it in a class by itself. God surely was with you in the making of this poem.
Michael Adams04/29/12
So glad I ran into this article. This is one of my very favorite chapters in the entire Bible. I had read it so many times and 30 years later God revealed to me what it meant. It has become even more special since then. Excellent beautiful rendition of these wonderful words.