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There are times that it may seem we have “outgrown” our faith. It is at times like these we can rediscover our calling to grow daily in the knowledge of Jesus and in our relationship with him.

Everyone is different, even as we are much alike. It is in the journey, one day following another, that we come to discover our true selves.

And it takes time. Moments such as these now help to provide direction.


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 into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:4-5


What is a “living stone”? When I think about stones, “living” is not the first adjective that comes to mind. Stones are ordinary, cold, hard, and lifeless. So what does it mean that we should come to God as a living stone? I imagine that a sculptor sees a stone differently. In each stone she sees a grand figure she might set free. The chosen stone comes alive in her hands, taking the form she envisioned.

This is God’s great grace: the stone is living because it is chosen and precious to God. Even the most ordinary of stones can become something wonderful through the Spirit’s work. The stone’s role is to yield to the Creator’s hand, to be built into God’s design. When we are open to God’s work in our lives, we find that a once lifeless stone becomes a spiritual house where God is at home.

Meredith Forssman


Creative Spirit, I come to you, ready to be shaped, built, and molded by you. Thank you for giving me life and making me into something more wonderful than I could be without you. Amen.


There is a place for you and a time for you.
In the moments when it seems the world is a very awkward place,
Remember that it is still your home.

Gather with your friends;
Open your hand to strangers.
Determine that even in the tensions between
What is and
What could be,
You will trust in the Maker of time and space,
The One who is keeping you to the end.