On my desk are a couple of rocks. One is a flat rock that has some red, green and brown hues, which immediately draws your attention.  (Okay that’s what colors it looks like to me but I am also bit color challenged.) On that rock sits a small Buddha figure scratching his head. The rock came from the Rio Coco River in Nicaragua when I did a rebuilding trip 30 years ago.  The other rock is smoother, heavier, and much rounder. It serves more like a paper weight. I picked it up on the Island of Iona. Both rocks have deep significance for me but I’m not sure I could articulate very effectively why that is so.

We often pick up a rock from the places we have traveled. It’s become a bit of tradition. (We also bring back a rock for a friend so she can place it on sacred ground.)  Intentionally placed throughout the house are other rocks. Unless you are looking, you’d never really notice them but they are reminders of the places that I and we have traveled and the adventures we have experienced.  They have become symbols of treasures that we have shared.

I was drawn back into the text that identifies Jesus as the living stone. Surely the metaphor intended to denote that Jesus is the foundation on which we are to build our lives upon — a foundation of hope and wholeness. A foundation that is life-giving. We are invited to be built into a spiritual house and that takes a deep awareness of God in our lives. It takes an openness to grow into that which God intends… a holy people who shine light in words and actions.

Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 2:4-5
Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built[a] into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 

Reflection Questions:
Where do you go when you need refreshment?
How are you being built into a spiritual house?
What trip has been most significant to you and why?

Prayer: Holy God, slow me down so I can be more aware of your presence and help me to be open to living the kind of life you desire for me. I want to be a person who shines light and be precious in your sight. Amen.

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