STONES IN OUR PATH
Read Nehemiah 2: 1-8
Paul wrote, “[I am] confident of this, that he
who began a good work in you will carry it on
to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Our land is called “Rock Hill Farm” because of its
never-ending supply of large stones. These stones have
proven to be a nuisance over the years, but they have also
given our structures and land great strength. We always have
a need for them.
Reflecting back over the
past 34 years, I have iden-
tified other heavy “stones”
in my path: hurtful words,
rejection, fear of failure, iso-
lation, illness. I have spent many years collecting these stones
— piling them up and sulking over them in despair.
Nehemiah may have felt such despair when he heard that
the walls of Jerusalem had been broken down and the gates
burned. But he set out to rebuild the city walls and ultimately
bring restoration to Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s path wasn’t easy,
but he was able to take the stones of hate, pain, and despair,
pile them up, and rebuild a great wall — which gave his
We might look at life and see many stones that have
caused us great hurt and sadness, but we also have a choice:
we can use them to build a tower of misery in our lives, or we
can let God build great foundations of joyful lives that can
give lasting hope to others.
Prayer: Loving Father, when we are hurting, help us to seek
your comfort, healing, and direction. Amen.
Samantha Parsons (West Virginia)
Prayer Focus: STONE MASONS
Thought for the Day
God can use the “stones” in
my life to do great things.