1 Peter 2:4-6
4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5 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. 6 For it stands in scripture:
“See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
Jesus said (and I paraphrase): “Wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, there I will be also”.
I believe that this means that any home where love and faith are shared can be the house of God. While it helps us to go to church to refresh our faith and fellowship, the church more than a building, just as our homes are more than just a house, apartment or trailer.
As parents, we know that love and faith are the cornerstone of any good home, and we share these things with our children as well as with family and friends who help to support and guide us in the difficult task of raising children. As single parents we know how important it is that we have faith in that love we share together, and how that love can hold us together when the going gets tough.
The cornerstone is an important part of a building’s foundation, giving it strength and support, and helping to hold it together, strong against wind, rain, and snow. As the cornerstone of our family, our love and faith helps to keep us together, protecting us from storms that can rage all around our home, as well as within its walls!
While it sounds nice to say that our homes are built upon the cornerstone of love and faith in God’s grace, it does not always seem that way. Our homes can often be hectic and sometimes chaotic places, with too much to do and not enough time to do it…and also a place filled with conflict and struggle. As our children grow, and our lives together change, we can all (parents and children) find ourselves dealing with disappointment and frustration. For all the moments of joy and togetherness we share, there will also be times of anger and fear that will put us at odds with each other. Unfortunately this is how life works, it is not always easy…but love and faith do not need things to be ‘easy’ in order to flourish.
Unless it is clearly marked, you’d be hard-pressed to find the cornerstone of most buildings, and even if you did know where it was you probably would not give it much thought, as long as it is doing its job and keeping the building together. This is how it is with the love and faith we share as a family, the love and faith that calls upon us to come together in reconciliation, even during the times when it feels like we have grown so far apart! It calls upon us to forgive the pain we have caused each other, to make amends, and to support one another in our own struggles…and it is this love and faith that we share which can make the celebrations of our successes all the more sweet!
For this love and faith, which is at the cornerstone of our homes, comes from the grace of God which is given to us us through Christ, who is the cornerstone of our lives, who gives us the promise of new life, gives us hope, and support and gives us the gift of each other…for it is when our love and faith is shared that it grows to shine brightly in our lives, and where the light of love shines God is truly with us, bringing us all home as His children.
Let Us Pray:
God, thank you for giving us Christ as the cornerstone of our lives, our faith and our homes. Help us to build our homes upon the love that you have shared with us, as this love can hold us together in the face of any storm, and all of our imperfections. Let us remember this gift of love in all that we do, and remember that we love one another, even if we do sometimes get angry or afraid. Give us the ability to follow the example of Christ, and to be cornerstone of our own homes, acting in faith and love, to guide our children on the way to adulthood.