Faces on Faith: Are we living stones?
I’ve long been intrigued with the concept of “living stones.” I first came across it in the King James Version of the Bible in I Peter, where he says: “As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby; if so be that ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious, to whom coming as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious.” Here the writer is referring to Jesus. But in the very next verse, he speaks of men: “Ye also, as ‘lively stones’ are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood . . . acceptable to God by Christ Jesus.”
I found further clarification of this phase in a book by Mary Baker Eddy titled: “First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany.” She writes: “The realization of ideal manhood-the reign of Christ-is ours to address with renewed faith and love to the high and holy task of overcoming all that is unlike God, and thus prove our willingness to be ‘living stones’ in the universal temple of Spirit.”
So what does it mean to be “living stones?” Neil Kearney in a recent article in the Christian Science Sentinel suggests it means “letting your light shine,” or being a transparency for truth. He suggests that the light of God, divine truth, is unchanging and shines brightly, but our consciousness of truth is in proportion to the spirituality of our thought. “Like the colored filters that obscure the light of a spotlight, materiality in all its forms, keeps the ever-present divine light from shining in us and through us.”
Hymn # l76 in the Christian Science Hymnal speaks to this challenge for us:
Let there be light, the Word shines forth,
Lo where the new morning whitens;
O church of God, with Book unsealed,
How its page beacons and brightens.
Living stones we, each in his place,
May we be worthy such a grace,
While Truth the wide earth enlightens.
In a recent “Faces on Faith” article, I challenged us to be an “affirming flame.” As we take up this challenge, each in our own faith tradition, we become “Living Stones.”
June Sieber, Sanibel Christian Science Church