Living Stones

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-5

One day, I was reading the following words of C. S. Lewis (1898-1963); they have stayed with me ever since: “This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there is a rumor going round the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life.”* With those words in mind, I penned the following.

A room filled with statues:
All uniquely beautiful,
Chiseled and hammered,
Made out of stone.

There were ears and eyes,
Hands and feet.
But they had no sight;
They did not feel or walk.

They were cold and lifeless stones;
They could not respond.
Void of love and devotion,
They stared, merely stared.

Then without notice
There came a gentle Wind blowing.
The stones became warm;
They could now hear and see.

Walking out of the room
Into the loving embrace
Of their Sculptor,
They cried, “Father!”

Are you one of our Father’s living stones? Have you come to life in Christ? Can you call God, “Father”?

*C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1952),

Taken from . . .
Renewed by the Spirit: 365 Daily Meditations
by Ralph I. Tilley
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Author: Ralph I. Tilley

I joyfully identify with the long history of the orthodox, evangelical stream of the Church. Theologically, I am a conservative. On issues of secondary importance, I will not quibble with my brothers and sisters in Christ. We are called to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” I would hope I have no doctrinal biases; however, I realize that is a practical impossibility: “Now I know in part.” You can read more on the About page.