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Singing Over the Bones

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

1st Chapter of Revelation (emphasis mine)


 

I often wonder why some Christians are so threatened by mysticism and the occult when Revelation exists in their very own scriptures. You have to be a little out of your mind to believe the things we believe.

Like the Resurrection, the point around which our whole belief system pivots. What could be weirder or creepier or more mysterious or more wonderful than a man walking out of a tomb after being three days dead?

And Creation, the Great Silence as the Mother God birthed stars and planets, working as if at a great spinning wheel a billion years before we were born.


 

She creeps and crawls and sifts through the montanas, mountains, and arroyos, dry riverbeds, looking for wolf bones, and when she has assembled an entire skeleton, when the last bone is in place and the beautiful white sculpture of the creature is laid out before her, she sits by the fire and thinks about what song she will sing.

And when she is sure, she stands over the criatura, raises her arms over it, and sings out.

La Loba, Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D


 

Every day I collect bones to bring to God for rebirth.

I dig some of them up from my own soul – things killed by hopelessness, or cynicism, or a longing to look successful, or an over-application of logic.

I find some of them in the world – good things killed by cruelty, apathy, hate, terrorism, racism, sexism, religious wars, slavery, selfishness, fear, othering. I bring them all and put them in his hands and then go out to find more.

At night, when I sleep, I can hear him singing.


 

He said to me, “Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: Dry bones, hear the world of the Lord! This is what the Lord God says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live. I will put tendons on you, make flesh grow on you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you so that you come to life. Then you will know that I am Yahweh.”

Ezekiel 37:4-6

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