An abridged story from the ancient book of Ezekiel that gives some explanation for the adventure that Kevin & Linsey are in the process of undertaking –
God’s Spirit brought me away from my home. He put me down in the middle of a valley. It was full of bones. God led me back and forth among them. I saw a huge number of bones in the valley. The bones were very dry and the Lord asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Lord and King, you are the only one who knows.” Then God said to me, “Prophesy to these bones. Tell them;
‘Dry bones, listen to the Lord’s message. The Lord and King speaks to you. He says, “I will put breath in you. Then you will come to life again. I will attach tendons to you. I will put flesh on you. I will cover you with skin. So I will put breath in you. And you will come to life again. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”
So I prophesied just as the Lord commanded me. As I was prophesying, I heard a noise. It was a rattling sound. The bones came together. One bone connected itself to another. I saw tendons and flesh appear on them. Skin covered them. But there was no breath in them.
Then the Lord said to me, “Prophesy to the breath. Prophesy, son of man. Tell it, ‘The Lord and King says, “Breath, come from all four directions. Go into these people who have been killed. Then they can live.” ’ ”
So I prophesied just as he commanded me to. And breath entered them. Then they came to life again. They stood up on their feet.
Then the Lord said to me, “The people say, ‘Our bones are dried up. We’ve lost all hope. We are destroyed.’ So prophesy. Tell them, ‘The Lord and King says, “My people, I am going to open up your graves. I am going to bring you out of them. I will take you back to your own land.
And you will live again.
The live that is meant here is one of passion, creativity, development and filled with relationship and community. It is a life filled with wonder, hope and possibilities; a life that engages with the practical, creative and spiritual world in an integrated adventure that brings value to whatever community, family or clan it is part of.