Pause

Be still

and feel the song

that God sings in your heart,

a song of praise to our God.

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Listen

I thank you because you answered me, because you were my saving help. The stone rejected by the builders is now the main foundation stone! This has happened because of the Lord; it is astounding in our sight! This is the day the Lord acted; we will rejoice and celebrate in it!

Lord, please save us! Lord, please let us succeed!

Psalm 118:21-25

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Think

I am that stone. Jesus was that stone. You are that stone.

We all are rejected sometimes as not-good-enough. Maybe the Stone was rejected because of narrow-minded builders. Perhaps it was marble and they wanted granite. Or perhaps its gifts — being large and square — weren’t useful for a stone wall that required small and round stones.

But the Builder had other plans for the Stone. Eventually, the Stone was used by the Builder to be the cornerstone, which holds up the whole building.

Jesus identified with that Stone. One time when Jesus was rejected, he quoted this psalm. He said to the chief priests and Pharisees who would soon kill him, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes!”

Rejection is painful for us and for Jesus. When I’m feeling rejected, do I trust God enough to turn to God for help? Who answers me? Who helps me? Whom do I rely on when things are really bad?

Jane Hartwell

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Pray

God, help me whenever I’m rejected. Use me as a foundation stone on which you can build whatever you want to. Amen.

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Go

Go out and sing the song that God has put in your heart.

Jane Hartwell

Jane Hartwell loves God and teenagers. Right now she has the best job she’s ever had: being the Canon Missioner for Christian Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband Davis and enjoys walking the beach, seeing her adult sons, mentoring others, and leading retreats.

Wondrous Love: I Am Thine, O Lord

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