On my way to Sewanee TN for Education for Ministry Training of Trainers. Hopefully there will be some signs of Spring. The readings for this Sunday have a theme of coming back to life from being dead. The "dry bones" of Ezekiel - are symbolic of a people who have had the life taken out of them by oppression and by conqurering powers. Lazarus has died to this life. In both cases the creative power of God and the love of the community bring them back to life. To me the key words are spoken by Jesus when as it says in the text - The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."
With what are people bound in our time? Around the world, poverty and disease bind people from living fully. In Wyoming, it is drugs, especially "meth" that binds people. Held in bondage by addiction, how can we be the agents of unbinding. What meaning in life can we offer that is more attractive than a short term "high?" All dream of having a meaningful life, of making a difference, and for love - how can the community provide a space to make these dreams come true or at least be possible?