The Poetic Corner: The Valley and the Wind

The Valley and the Wind

upon the dry and dusty ground
our feet, they drag
our hands, they drop
as we walk through the valley
of the shadow of death
it’s not an uncommon place
as our poets have said

all creation has breathed this air
we’re no different as we sink into despair
here under the glare of the sun
we break into skeletons

then the wind carries the voice of a prophet
sent to wake us from our dreamless sleep
’cause a wake up call is what we need
to join together what is torn
and mend our heart strings thin and worn

so pick up your bones the wind restored
let the Lord build up your broken form
take your shield and take your sword
face the storm
let’s face the storm

take heart and see
the scattering come to an end
stand up and breathe
this life the wind has sent
we are an army for the Lord

so pick up your bones the wind restored
let the Lord build up your broken form
take your shield and take your sword
we are reformed
let’s face the storm


In the 35th chapter of the book of Ezekiel, Ezekiel sees a vision of a valley floor in which lies the remains of a great army. The Lord tells him to prophecy and tell the bones to live.

So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the fourwinds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. (Ezekiel 37: 7-10)

This vision was a prophetic statement of both the Resurrection of all mankind and the gathering of scattered Israel in the last days. But we can also apply it to our everyday lives. We are the army for the Lord. As believers in Christ, we are of the body of Christ. But often we are not the warriors we should be. Rather than a mighty army, we are a valley of broken bones.Are we all united under the banner of Christ? Think about it. Truly, we are not. Individually, we often go back and forth between a mighty warrior and a heap of bones. What makes the difference?

The Spirit of the Lord breathed life into the dead soldiers. If we do not have the Holy Spirit with us, we cannot be a mighty warrior. Now, although the Spirit is what quickened the dead bones and gave them life, who was it that was the bearer of the prophecy? Ezekiel, the prophet. The Lord could have simply let Ezekiel watch as He breathed life into the soldiers, but he commanded Ezekiel to prophecy instead. The army stood and was united under the voice of God’s prophet.

We have the words of the prophets with us, both ancient and modern. We have the visions and prophecies of Ezekiel in the Old Testament and we also can hear the voice of a living prophet. His name is Thomas S. Monson. Iknow that he is a prophet called of God. I know that God speaks to him as God spoke to Ezekiel. Under his voice we can be revived, and under his voice we must be united.

How can you know if this Thomas S. Monson is the Lord’s prophet of the earth? Read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. You can receive an answer and discover for yourself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom on the earth, and that there is a living prophet on the earth as well.



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