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Topic: SMEAR (03/10/16)
TITLE: The White Stone
By Diane M. Bowman
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“Do you recognize it?” asked the giver of the white stone.
I hesitated in a bit of bewilderment before the memories came flooding back to me. “I… Yes. I’ve heard someone whispering this name before. Usually, when I was alone. I always felt so drawn to it but didn’t know why. So it’s my name. No wonder I felt like I ought to respond to it. Wait. Was that you?”
He smiled as I looked into his gentle eyes. “I prayed for you to recognize it. And you know my Father always hears my prayers.”
I pointed to the filthy black stone in his hand. You could barely see my old name through the muck I’d smeared on it by dragging it with me as I made sinful choices. “What will you do with that?”
“You’ll never see it again,” He said as he flung it towards the horizon. “If you can reach east by going west, you may be able to find it.”
Tilting my head to one side, a puzzled frown on my face, I replied, “But if I go west, the east will always be behind me. Even if I circle the whole earth, I’ll never reach it.”
He grinned. “That’s right.”
“Oh. I see. But how will I keep my new name clean? What if it ends up smeared with filth like the other one?”
“If you ask me to, I’ll give you the strength to stay far away from things that will tarnish it. But if you do get too close to a murky pit of sin, just bring it to me as soon as you notice any dirt on it and I’ll wash it clean again.”
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (Revelation 2:17 KJV)
Author’s note: The white stone referred to in this verse may signify an absolution of guilt. Historically, a white stone was given at a court of law meant the person on trial was acquitted. A condemned person received a black stone. Commentators have differing views of what this white stone represents but this is one possibility.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
(Psalms 103:12 KJV)
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
(1 John 2:1 KJV)
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