"Lively stones"

No figure of speech has been a greater favorite with writers of all ages than that of stones. The Bible contains examples almost without number of the use of stones as metaphor. When there was the wish to write of something reprehensible, we read of hearts of stone, stones of darkness, stones of emptiness, stones of stumbling; while the purpose to commend would find expression in tried stones, white stones, and so on. Christ is frequently referred to as a stone,—a precious corner-stone, a living stone, an elect stone.

Perhaps no use of the word can bring to students of Christian Science a more practical lesson than that which Peter indulged in, when he spoke of the elect of his day as "lively stones." We read in the second chapter of I Peter: "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." This contemplation of a stone as "lively" immediately presents something unusual to thought, and sets one wondering as to the possibility of uniting such opposite qualities as those ordinarily attributed to stones—as, for instance, endurance, firmness, strength, stability—and those which belong to the usual definitions of lively,—such as, active, animated, energetic, buoyant, enlivening.

Among the Churches
May 27, 1922

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