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

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 breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I 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.’

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. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.”

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March 28th, 10:46pm Pacific Standard Time

It's late here in California and even later back home. I'll go to bed tonight to the muted crashing of waves and the dim light of the moon on our bedroom window, but not just yet. Right now I'd rather write.

I left for California yesterday for the week, to enjoy a favorite place with a close friend from college. I didn't sleep well on Monday night in anticipation of my early Tuesday morning flight to Los Angeles. I landed at LAX around 10am yesterday before Courtney, who was en route from Denver, and I made the drive to Santa Barbara. We're staking ground here for a couple of days before heading down to Costa Mesa. I know perfection doesn't exist on this earth, but I think the coast of California has to come pretty close.

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