"He said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. Again He said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord." Ezekiel 37:4-5

SPEAK LIFE // Bri Pearson

When I was young I wanted to be a lot of things when I grew up—a firefighter, an author, a teacher, a mom, a stuntman, gymnast, even a mortician. There was never a shortage of what I thought was possible. To me the future was unlimited and the possibilities vast.

We are all dreamers as children, and why shouldn't we be? Adults seldom tell children that the likelihood of becoming president is slim or that it's just not possible to grow up to be a fish, because naivete is endearing. Maybe it reminds us, on a subconscious level, of our own forgotten dreams. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, humanity loses that sense of awe in the world; with it, we lose the ability to dream without borders.

The reality of our fallen world is one of cynicism. We are told not to dream for fear of disappointment. In Ezekiel we learn that God promises "breath and spirit" (37:5) to the dry bones. This world is the dry bones, but with God we can be reborn, and life can grow where there was none before. The beauty of this story is in the second part—the spirit that God promises to accompany the breath. The spirit He speaks of is His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord dwelling in us. Therefore, when we are reborn we are actually transformed from the inside out; we are no longer citizens of a dead world, but champions of heaven. This means we can dream bigger and broader than the world. As God's children, it should not be surprising that He finds joy in our dreams. God does not see our dreams as naive. He sees potential and possibility. We can dream without limits because our Father is the creator of the universe and He loves us.

I'd like for 2016 to be a year where we can learn to be bold in our declarations for this city and our church. Let's collectively speak divine life into the driest bones of our lives. Let's allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us so 2016 is a year of expectation—a year of truly allowing the Holy Spirit to enact change in our lives. The bones can live, Church. God's just waiting on us to say it.