December 20th: Cornerstone

 

      At least once a week I watch my sweet preschoolers build huge towers and castles.  And, at Christmastime, they construct stables.  They use their fine motor skills and dexterity to stack them as high as they can get them.  All the while, the blocks are a little off center, turned, and sometimes, just don’t match up.  You know what happens.  They show their weak spots and tumble down.  Let’s face it, most preschoolers typically get excited over them toppling over.  Yet, on occasion, I will have a precious little face in tears because their handiwork has fallen.  My typical response is a reminder that it is preschool and we can do it again, because we just have to keep building and trying to make it a little stronger.

      Well, why did they fall down?  For some, it’s purposeful.  Remember, my students  are preschoolers!  For others, it’s a matter of learning that with every great tower, you need a strong corner block.  In this case, we will call it the cornerstone.  A cornerstone is the stone that forms the base of a building or two walls; it’s a firm foundation.  All other stones are set in reference to it.

      Isaiah 28:16

So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:  “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.”

      With any stable building or firm life, we need one key element, the cornerstone.  Jesus is the key building component of the life.  He is our Cornerstone.  He sets the direction so that our structure can be straight and true.  He is the foundation of our church, our stronghold.  Rest in His love.

      It’s not a traditional Christmas song, but I encourage you to reflect on the lyrics to this song, Cornerstone.

 

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame

But wholly trust in Jesus’ name.

 

Christ alone, Cornerstone

Weak made strong, in the Savior’s love

Through the storm

He is Lord, Lord of all.

 

Jesus, in you and through you as our Cornerstone, be with us this Christmas.  You are the Cornerstone of Christmas—Lord of all.    Amen.

 

Submitted by Sara Creager, Deacon