Can THESE Bones Live?

1 The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.

That’s the very best description of our very dead marriage that I’ve ever read. One of the last times Clint attempted to reconcile with me, I took off my wedding ring and side-armed it across the room at him.

Eleven years of nothing but dry bones. Very dry bones.

A 3,000-mile long valley floor full of very dry bones.

3He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” 


Uh, these bones? You mean…the ones over here? Nope. No way. The chances of the bones from our dead marriage being pieced back together? Zero.

Nada. Zip. Not gonna happen.

The chances of escaping God’s restorative reach?

Same same.

I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breathenter you, and you will come to life. 6I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”

Who would have ever thought?

Not our friends. Not our families. Not us.

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them,

Forgiveness set our bones in rattling motion.

Bone to bone.

But there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”

Then the four winds of God’s holy breath began to blow upon us slain. And He blew…and blew…and blew some more. Life imparting.

10So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

Those same very dry bones risen from the grave–now with sinews and skin and breath and life–have been standing for almost nine years.

And what about your very dry bones?

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them.”

Why would they be any different from ours?


I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’” (Ezekiel 37, emphasis added)

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6 Responses to Can THESE Bones Live?

  1. Cheri says:

    My what a TIMELY, Inspirational Blog…incredible…Thank You !!!!! Thank you for continually reaching out to us…I soo appreciate your ” Touches”…for they always encourage,refresh and renew me..bringing me hope and inspiring faith..to continue to Ask and Believe God to do the Impossible in our Lives/Marriage and Family…thank you. Receive a Hug~Cheri

    • Cheri, thank you so much for taking the time to respond. That means a lot to us. We pray about what GOD wants said in every blog post. It is the cry of our hearts to use the story God has given us to encourage others and offer hope. We pray, even now, for the COMPLETE RESTORATION AND HEALING of your family! We are collecting photographs for a video to ignite prayer for the restoration of marriages. Let us know via e-mail if you want to submit a photo of yourself.

  2. Linda says:

    God gave me this scripture about 4 months ago!! I should have known He was up to something! We will celebrate 45 yrs. of marriage, but my husband never really took me as his wife, Satan was totally in control, so we separated, and still are, until about 7 months ago, and the Lord stepped into his life in a big way! Because of my husband’s spending habit, we had no emergency monies to live on, and he lost his work about 10 months ago. SO we are preparing to combine our homes again, and the monies he spent on a collection, will now be supporting us for a few months!! What an awesome God we serve. I dread moving back together – we will be in separate quarters – but his habits and attitudes are scary to me even still. So I am leaning heavily on Jesus’ arm!! I am back to quoting scriptures all day long, and our Savior is SO faithful! I’m expecting a lot over the next few years – to God be the glory!!

  3. Lydia Alba Patten says:

    Hi there…I’ve been standing for 4 years, 2 months and 2 days…but who’s counting…right? Lame joke but just saw this and hope has been renewed bigger than Dallas…as it is said. I praise God for the restoration of your marriage. Thank you and God continue to bless you both. I am standing and believing God and what God has said and you have just confirmed that it will come to pass and that 4 years might be a bunch of years to me but to God it’s no big deal. Blessings.

    • Lydia, thank you for sharing a little of your story with us. We do not take that lightly. Your comment about “bigger than Dallas” resonated with us since just last night, we began to publicize our spring 40-Day Marriage Mission Trip which will include serving people in that state. We KNOW how big it is. Moreover, we KNOW HOW BIG AND HOW GREAT OUR GOD IS! May He overwhelm you with His majesty and fill you with hope as you wait.

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