As you come to Him, the living stone…rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:3-5
In 1997, Madeline L’Engle co-authored a book with her editor and friend, Lucy Shaw, entitled “Friends for the Journey”. The book is filled with wonderful stories of an enduring and often long-distance friendship shared by the two as they navigated the everyday changes of life and the sacred moments of worship together. For more than forty years, they enjoyed the benefits of complimentary personalities. They were comfortable with each other, no matter the circumstances, as they walked together in this friendship.
One afternoon as they traveled together in the New England pastoral countryside, they came upon a series of low fences made of fieldstones. They speculated that these stones might have been made into a fence as a means of getting them out of the field. But, then Lucy had an epiphany. She noted that the convexity of one stone fit perfectly into the concavity of its neighbor. The fence was built because the stones fit so well; even the gritty surfaces served to help keep them in place. Stones of different sizes and shapes, held together, not by mortar, but by the careful fit of each stone in its place; the way God puts us together, even today, to form His Spiritual Houses.
We fit together, as Children of God wherever we may be, not by chance, but by His Divine Orientation. We all have gifts and talents, as God Himself has seen fit to give us. It is up to us to discover what they are and how to use them for his honor and glory. Each of us is like one of those fieldstones, some surfaces being grittier than others; but that only serves to keep us strong, headed in the same direction, and focused on Him.
Precious Father, thank you for building us into the household of faith; for allowing us to serve as living stones built upon our firm foundation. Help us to be mindful of the needs of those you place so intentionally next to us, so that in serving each other, we bear witness of your love to the world and thereby serve you with our very lives. AMEN.