Judy Peterson, North Park University's campus pastor, talks about Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones. Comparing the hopelessness of the dry bones to the injustices of our world today, Peterson reassures us that if we are in one of these places – in a valley – it is not because God forgot us, but because God intentionally brought us there. It is because the hand of the Lord is upon us. It's easy to become cynical and pessimistic in the valley, surrounded by brokenness, but Peterson insists that these things are side effects of losing our connection with God. We must hold these two biblical imperatives together: we must be in the valley of dry bones, working for justice in the world, but we must also be in intimate relationship with the Lord. Listen to Peterson preach for more convicting truths.

(North Park University, Chicago, is a nonprofit institution preparing students for lives of significance and service.)

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