Foreword by Mel Tavares
Kingdom Writers Founder & VCC Communications Director
Mollie Astromowicz has been a part of the Kingdom Writer's Ministry throughout her high school years and continues to be a vital part during her college years. Mollie is studying Early Childhood Education and serves faithfully at VCC in the Children's Ministry. She is a gifted, anointed, and prolific writer across multiple genres. Her poetry and short stories are inspirational to all who read them. Here is an insightful piece:
God took a hold of me and led me through His Spirit to an open valley that was filled with many bones. These bones were all around the valley – strewn about, lying there on the ground without life – they seemed like they had been lying there for a long time for all the bones were very dry. I didn’t know why the Lord had led me to this valley of dry bones, so I asked him.
“Lord, why have you led me to this place?”
“Tell me, son, what do you see here?” He replied. I wasn’t sure what He was going to show me with this, but I answered the question anyways.
“Well, I see a large open valley filled with bones. Dry bones. Everywhere I look in this place, I can only see these bones.”
“Do they have any life in them, child?” God asked me. I found this question a little silly seeing as I had just told Him that these bones were dry.
“No, I don’t think they have any life in them. I don’t mean to sound rude, Lord, but I just told you that these bones are all dry. Isn’t that a sure sign of death?” I inquired. There was a sudden burst of wind. The bones shook in the breeze as did the bare branches of the trees. This whole land seemed dead.
“Yes, that is a sign of death, isn’t it? May you please do me a small favor, Son?”
“What may I do for you, Lord?” I wondered if he wanted me to dispose of these bones and make the valley look alive again.
“Tell these bones to come alive.”
“What? Are you serious?”
“Yes, tell these bones to come alive. I would like you to tell them a prophetic message.”
“What might this message be?”
“I would like you to look at these dry bones and say, ‘This is a prophetic message from the Sovereign Lord. The Lord says: Take heart! For I am going to put breath back into you and bring life into your bones once again! I am going to put muscles and flesh onto your bones and cover them with skin as they once were! I am going to put breath into you once again, and you will come to life! Then you will know that I am Lord.’” A gentle breeze blew at this message and for the first time, I noticed there was a stream flowing nearby. I carefully navigated through the bones and watched the stream flow gently. There were small fish swimming about and many aquatic plants thriving. This was a representation of life in a place full of death.
So, I looked at all the dry bones around me and spoke the message that the Lord had given me. As I spoke, the bones rattled and started to come together. Soon, they formed skeletons. I kept speaking the message from the Lord, and the skeletons formed muscles and skin to cover the muscles.
“What do I say now, Lord?” I asked. “These bones have formed bodies, but they do not breathe.”
“I want you to speak a prophetic message to the four winds. I want you to speak to them and say, ‘This is a prophetic message from the Sovereign Lord saying: Come, breath of the four winds! Come and breathe into these dead bodies so that they may live once again!’”
I looked about the valley and the calm stream. Then I spoke the prophetic message as the Lord had instructed me to. All at once, the wind started to howl. It didn’t come from just one direction, but it came from all four! They came into the valley saying, “Breathe, O, Breath of God!” and filled each body with life once again. The bodies all came their feet and formed a great army. I was astonished at the sight of this.
“My son,” the Lord said lovingly, “This army of bones represents the people of Israel. They are crying out saying, ‘We have become old and dry bones! All of our hope is lost, and our nation is finished!’ I want you to go them and speak – just as you did to these bones. I want you to speak a prophetic message to them and say, ‘This is a prophetic message from the Sovereign Lord. The Lord speaks to you and says: ‘My people, I am will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise up once again. Then, I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, my people, then you will know that I am the Lord, your one and only God. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live once again and return to your own land – your home. Then you will know that I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!”
I stood in the valley, and looked around at all I had done – the army of men that were dry bones not too long ago, the once bare trees had gotten their leaves back, and birds filled these trees and filled the valley with their song – and decided to go to the people of Israel and tell them the Lord’s message. If I could make a great army out of dry bones, I thought, what great things will the Lord allow me to do with the people of Israel?
Foreword from Mel Tavares
Kingdom Writers Founder & VCC Communications Director
Mina Kakay has been a vital part of the VCC family for many years. She has been a friend to all and made friends with many. She is a long-time member of the Kingdom Writers Ministry at VCC, a beloved children's church teacher, and an active team member in the Media Ministry. She has announced that she will be moving back to her home country of Liberia on Feb. 16th, having accepted a position as Vice Principal of Academic Affairs at a private Christian school in which she taught before coming to the U.S. I extend a congratulations to Mina behalf of the Pastors, the VCC Staff, Ministry Directors, and entire VCC family!
Dedicated to Susan
Mina Kakay © 2013
There are many kinds of friends
Friends whom your spirit takes to right away
Friends who make sure you don’t go astray
Friends who aren’t afraid to tell you the truth
Friends who are faithful just like Ruth
Friends who are with you for a short season
Friends who remind you that life has a reason
Friends who offer their shoulder when you need to cry
Friends who tell you to slow down when life rushes by
Friends who are willing to stand in the gap
Friends who’ll help you use God’s Word as a map
Friends who are willing to give of themselves
Someone who cares more about you than herself
Fiends who are close enough to ask for advice
Friends who’ll support you no matter the price
Friends who share your laughter and pain
Friends who try to keep you sane
Friends with whom you can have some fun
Friends who’ll stay with you til the break of dawn
Friends who always have your back
Friends who make sure there’s nothing you lack
Friends who are on this earth only for a short while
Friends whom you’ll always remember with a smile
Friends who are with you from beginning to end
Someone who stands by you just as your friend
But the best friends of all
Are the ones who know Jesus Christ as their Lord
Our neighbor had a mighty tree
That grew with a lean of 45 degrees.
Every time we had a bad storm
I thought that it might fall
But through blizzards and hurricanes, wind and snow,
that tree stood strong and tall.
The other day to my dismay,
They cut that old tree down
To protect the electric wires, I presume,
as they did so many other trees in town.
I learned a lot from that old tree.
And hated to see it go.
I, too, find it hard to stand up straight
As age and gravity take their toll.
But like that tree I’m determined to stand
No matter what trials life brings.
I will be strong and courageous
Standing firm in the faith
For I know God is with me through everything.