18th January 2017

The Spiritual Boneyard

“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV)

At Davis Monthan Air Force Base you can take a bus tour around what is commonly called a ‘boneyard’, where around 4000 out-of-service aircraft are stored. They chose this site in the desert heat of Tucson, Arizona because the dry climate preserves the aircraft, and the ground has a hard clay foundation so they don’t have to tarmac or concrete the storage surface. Even though the dry climate prevents rust and decay, the heat and sun can cause damage and so a protective coating is sprayed on to better preserve them. Some of the aircraft are used for spare parts or are broken down for scrap, but many are repaired or prepared to be put back into service.

This boneyard could be likened to a cemetery where the human body returns to dust and the spirit returns to God who gave it, as it says in the header scripture. There the dead sleep, waiting for the resurrection it speaks of in 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, when like many of the aircraft at David Monthan, we are repaired and prepared to be put back into service—for eternal life, as in Ezekiel 37:5 & 6, when graves open and the dead rise to meet Jesus in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

In the ‘valley of dry bones’, when asked, “Can these bones live again?” Ezekiel replied “God only knows!” (Ezekiel 37:3) Of course, this is merely an analogy, because there is no need for the original physical body for God, who created all, to do the miraculous and resurrect to new life! 

God, we are all in a virtual boneyard, waiting for the resurrection when we will all rise to eternal life, for which we give thanks through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Study by Nancy Silcox


About the Author: nancysilcox
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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