Scripture Reading: The Valley of Dry Bones
What was once a vibrant, thriving, economic, and spiritual community, was laid to waste, left in ruins in Jerusalem with its former residents scattered. The people in exile were full of despair. They were no longer economically viable. They were no longer at home, they were living in a strange land with spiritual practices that were different from what they knew. Hopelessness had removed all signs of life from this community.