Dry disconnected bones. A brother in a tomb four days. Come on, how much hope can we really afford to have? Because frankly, sometimes it's painful to go on hoping. Sometimes it's best to just move on; just leave our tattered hopes behind and get on with a new life. It starves the heart to hope and hope when all seems lost. But the text this morning argues that there are times when the spirit of God takes us by the hand and leads us to the private cemetery each of us keep, where the spirit took Ezekiel; where Jesus took Martha and her sister Mary in the other story read this morning. It asks us to look more closely at what may be difficult to behold.