What Happened Here

“Now you are coming to him as to a living stone.” – 1 Peter 2:4

In ancient times, people used stones to mark places where significant events happened.  We’re not that different.

I remember visiting the battlefield at Gettysburg.  It’s stirring.  As I toured the field, there were monument in certain places, to mark significant events within the battle.  Just knowing what happened in that place so long ago, being at the location where the battle took place, well, it touched my soul deeply.  Knowing so many lives were lost in this place was chilling.  Standing where President Lincoln gave one of his finest speeches bring history to life.  The stones and the monument tell the story, they help us remember what happened.

Frequently in the Old Testament, God’s people use stones to mark significant place where God acted in powerful ways.  Sometimes they use the stones to make an altar to give thanks, and then they name or rename the place to match the God’s action.

1 Peter 2:4 tells us that our lives are to be like the stones that tell the story.  We are to be “living stones” that speak to what God has done and is doing in our lives.  When others see us, they should know something significant has happened in us and to us.

When others see your life, does it tell the story of God’s love for you?  For us?

Today’s invitation and challenge is to be a living stone, a stone that tells the story of God’s love and grace for us in Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Prayer:  Lord, make me a living stone that testifies to all that you have done for me.  When people see me, may they know your goodness and grace.  May they know the transformation you have begun in me so long ago and continues today.  May the see me and know your love.  Amen.

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