“Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone. . . .”John 8:7b
Well, thanks Jesus. None of us is without sin. So, it seems none of us may pick up a stone. Right? Right.
What would happen if each of us, when we were ready to throw a verbal or attitudinal stone, thought about the pain it would inflict if it landed on us or someone we loved? What if we were more careful about our attitudes and our words, our modern day stones?
I share this because last week a pastor, well-meaning, stood in the foyer of a public place and made demeaning comments about an entire group of people. He was unaware that a staff member of the organization, seated behind him at the front desk, had a 13-year-old daughter who was one among those he demeaned. He threw a stone and it hurt. I learned again, in that moment, the power of a verbal stone, and I share it now, so that we might all open our hands and drop our stones.
PRAYER: God, I am not without sin. I am not without stones. May I drop them and find other ways to be in relationship. Help me I pray.