Daily Prayer 365

Day 19
Monday, September 19, 2022


‘I tell you,’  Jesus replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’  —Luke 19:40

When I was in ninth grade, my science teacher asked the class if stones were alive. We were learning the seven criteria of life. After reviewing the list, we said that no, stones were not alive. He asked us if we were sure. We went over the criteria again and told him yes, we were sure. He said that it might be that stones did things more slowly than we could measure. Could it be that we lacked the ability to see these things in stones? Or could the criteria be wrong? Then he smiled. This possibility—of something like a stone being alive—has stayed with me…. Stones are ancient, older than water, older than time. Bones of the earth. They’ve been through so many worlds, so many floods, and they hold all the memory and knowledge that comes with it. [Holding this small stone,] eternity sits in my hand, and it leads me to home.  — Patty Krawec, Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining our Future


O Lord, our rock and our redeemer, let your ancient voice bear us home, your eternity reflected in the very stones under our feet. Amen.  —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

September 19, 2022

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