Revealing Experiment

Nov 10, 2021 | 0 comments

-by Peggy Hahn, Executive Director of LEAD

For the past ten days, I ran a short experiment. Every group I met with invested time reflecting on the same scripture. There were 19 meetings that included a total of 150 people. The experiment was revealing.

Here’s the scripture for your own reflection:

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 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. 1 Peter 2:4-5

What comes to the surface to you?

 

Here are the big themes that arose from the five parts of the text:

Living stone

  • The tension between inanimate object and something that is alive
  • The reference to our buildings (as stones) and the community as life
  • The consideration of tombstones and eternal life
  • Most men gravitated to this part of the text, but not all.

Rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight

  • Every person of color mentioned this part.
  • Think about this: rejected yet precious. This is an aha moment for me.

Let yourself be built 

  • Substitute the word “let” with surrender. This means really letting go, no control.
  • Be built. Hope for something new. Openness.

Spiritual house

  • Not referring to a building but in me, in us
  • Spirituality is already happening in us.
  • Spiritual community decentralized in homes means we are being sent, not gathering.

Acceptable to God through Jesus Christ

  • Gratitude for the grace in this
  • Let “acceptable” soak in considering all the noise in our heads and our lives.

 

The whole experiment left me thinking that I am going to choose one verse a week to focus on with those I meet, for the wisdom that comes from crowdsourcing. How God speaks to us in scripture never ceases to amaze me.

The big aha was the perspectives people miss when they don’t listen deeply to each other. There is so very much we have to learn together.

Try this in your own life. Choose a text and reflect on it over and over. Test it with other people. What are you learning? What is the aha moment?