“Can You Trust Me?”

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by the kind and longsuffering Rochelle-Wisoff Fields. And today J Hardy Carroll has offered the photo prompt. If you’d like to participate in the Fictioneers prompt, check with Rochelle at Addicted to Purple.

When I first saw this picture, my mind went back to when we lived in Montreal and saw the result of what locals called “un reglement de comptes.” Someone wouldn’t pay their dues — or pay due respect — and there’s be this untraceable explosion.

Photo © J Hardy Carroll

“Can You Trust Me?”

“So whatta ya think?” The realtor tried for upbeat. “Can you see this for your meetings? Needs a little work, of course.”

Pastor Ivan surveyed the disaster. “Rumor has it this was a result of not paying the mob’s “protection” fees.

The realtor’s smile disappeared. “Maybe. I’m sure they won’t bother you guys, being’s you’re a church and all.”

Ivan sighed. Lord, this IS affordable. But it looks hopeless.

“Son of man, can these bones live?”

The Bible quote startled Ivan. “What?”

The realtor turned to him, puzzled. “Eh?”

Ivan grinned. “You know, maybe this will work — with God’s help.”

Back story:

I could fit this tale into 100 words because Pastor Ivan knew his Bible and exactly what this question implied. The story is found in Ezekiel 37:1-14. Here the Lord takes Ezekiel to a valley of dry bones, representing the scattered, defeated House of Israel, “And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.”

As Ezekiel watches, the bones come together, muscles and sinews start to connect them, then flesh appears. The spirit of God breathes life into them. “…and they lived, and stood up on their feet, an exceeding great army.”

“And (I) shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.” (Verse 14)

So the quote Ivan heard in his mind implied, “Can you trust me to bring something vibrant out of this hopeless mess? And can you trust me to defend it?”


45 thoughts on ““Can You Trust Me?”

    1. Something tells me his group is going to pitch in enthusiastically to turn this place around. Facing a disaster together unites and invigorates people, as we’re seeing now in the world’s reaction to the Manchester tragedy.

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  1. I am always impressed by people who can quote anything… Bible, poetry, etc. Though for the story’s sake, you didn’t need to add the back story, as a heathen, I appreciated it! 😉
    Love this take!


    1. “The day is done and the darkness
      falls from the wings of night
      as a feather is wafted downward… 🙂

      I’ve always had trouble falling asleep and night so over the years I’ve memorized dozens of poems and some psalms to mentally recite — it really helps to relax.

      Now where were we? Oh, yes, thanks for your comment. Glad you liked the back story part. There may well be Bible-reading Christians who aren’t familiar with the context of that specific line, either.

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    1. Realtors earn their bread by optimism. Let’s hope the mob will have some restraints. After all, a fledgling church group isn’t a commercial enterprise taking in big bucks every day. Ivan & God will be a match for them for sure. Thanks for your comment.

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    1. Yes, I think he is. He may be strong and determined — you could hardly be a pastor these days without some backbone. 😉 I also wanted him to sound a shade doubtful, then reassured. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.


    1. Thank you for the encouraging comment. I believe God’s prophecy to Ezekiel, for that moment, came to pass when the Jews came back from Babylon. But most prophecies have several “layers”, so yes, it can be for Pastor Ivan, too. 🙂


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