Dropping the Stones

She was caught in the act of adultery and dragged into the temple courts.

Head down, hands trembling, she avoided the eyes of the angry men surrounding her.

They couldn’t wait to pass judgment on her.

Their faces turned hard as the stones they longed to throw. After all, that was God’s law.

But the man who wrote on the ground, the pure man, the innocent one, the creator, savior, shepherd of men. He spoke to the crowd.

“Let him who is without sin throw the first stone.”

Angry muttering ceased.

Hearts of stone softened.

Angry fists opened.

Stones thudded to the ground.

One by one, with empty hands, the men turned away.

No stones were thrown that day.

So why do I harden my heart?

Why do I look for stones to throw?

Why do I feel the weight of these stones in my hands and on my heart?

I, too, am a sinner.

I am not the sinless man drawing on the ground.

Creator, shepherd, savior, teach me to open my heart and my hands. Teach me to drop the stones of judgment. Teach me to accept your grace and to offer it to sinners like me.

Published by nancyhamiltonsturm

After raising a family and then teaching for over 20 years, I retired from full-time work. Now I spend time with family, tap dance, take long walks in nature, read, and write. I have published two stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul books and over a dozen devotions. My current goal is to publish a book of meditations over the gospels and to share my devotional writing on my blog. I hope you enjoy and are inspired.

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