Valley of the Dry Bones, 2005
Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Scribe: Susan Leiper
Vellum, with ink paint and gold
"In Donald Jackson's contemporary rendering
of Ezekiel's vision,
abandoned eye-glasses recall images
from the Holocaust, white smashed windows
appear as the aftermath of terrorism.
The automobile graveyard suggests ecological disaster.
Yet despite these horrors, God promises Ezekiel
that when the Jews have their homecoming,
even the dead will rise. "Thus says the Lord God:
I am going to open your graves
and I will bring you back
to the land of Israel." Ezekiel 37:12
Ezekiel's ultimate message of hope and survival
is indicated by the garland of rainbow,
traditional symbols of god's covenant,
framing the text and reflected
in the images of violence."
When we were in Israel
this last trip we had a day
when we saw 5 rainbows.
Over the ancient city of Jericho---- God's promise.
He will raise these dry bones- He brings LIFE.