Living Stones

I have very much enjoyed reflecting and meditating on 1 Peter 2:5. ‘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’. It is the reference to stones that have resonated with me. Do you remember when, during our first lockdown we considered how Joshua used the stones as a reminder of Gods amazing power. Joshua 4:20-24 “And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” The stones set up by Joshua spoke to me about how we needed a physical reminder when times are challenging and when we looked at the verse we were in the midst of a strange time, lockdown. Yet here we are today, coming together to share a meal and I feel the presence of this verse from Joshua – we can use this time to remind us of how Gods amazing power has helped us through the last two years. Looking forwards, it is the living stones in Peter that excites me. We are the living stones who work together to build a strong presence in our community sharing the love of Jesus to change lives and at this time, I am encouraged that the stones have a lively role building a spiritual house acceptable to God – let this be our guide during this year – West Denton Church full of living stones working together. Claire