Just the other day I made a comment to a friend that as of late, I have noticed the lyric “dry bones” being used in several songs. Here are a few examples:
“These bones cry out / These dry bones cry out for you / To live and move / Only You can raise the dead…” – Gungor, “Dry Bones”
“I wanna be near, near to your heart / Loving the world hating the dark / I want to see dry bones living again / Singing as one…”
– New Life Worship, “Great I Am”
“You can take my dry bones / Breathe life into this skin / You called me by name / Raised me to life again…” – Hillsong United, “Bones”
There are several others out there—maybe you’re familiar with them? Although imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery, I’d like to think that we’re all really trying to say something here.
As the world transitions out of the Easter season and into spring and summer, themes such as “living again” and being “raised to life” are ones that I don’t want to see fading until next year comes around. In this edition of CCM Magazine, our cover artists Hawk Nelson and featured artist Lauren Daigle continue these notions.
Daigle cites Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Valley of Dry Bones) in her feature story So Be It, as it inspired her song “Come Alive” as she prayed for physical healing of a friend that suffered from a bone disease. Daniel Biro of Hawk Nelson was touched by Psalm 34:20 (“For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous…”) as he dealt with a tumor in his knee.
God’s not dead, He’s surely alive—and in either a big or small way, I hope the stories in the pages to follow can provide encouragement in kicking off our post-Easter seasons to live like we’re alive!