"Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone." John 8: 7
A group of people had gathered around a woman, and they were accusing her of adultery. In first century Israel, adultery was a crime that carried a heavy punishment. But, there was a wise teacher nearby, so the people asked the teacher if they should proceed with stoning her. The teacher said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw the stone.” The people began dropping their stones and left the woman alone with the teacher. The teacher asked the woman “where are those who have condemned you?” She answered that they had all gone away. Then, the teacher said, “neither do I condemn you.” Her savior in that moment is also the savior of the world, Jesus. He invites us to choose grace, and lay down our stones.
Behind the story of outsiders who condemn and judge, resides the voice of the inner critic that picks up the stone of self-persecution. The inner critic speaks stories of unworthiness, inadequacy, and fear. The inner critic places the stones in our own hands, and we throw them at ourselves far too often. Jesus invites us to lay down these stones, as well. Instead, we should hold a stone that is never to be thrown; rather, it is a stone that brings comfort and growth: the stone of grace. Grace is kindness and compassion that is extended to the bruised, battered, and broken.
At Gracestone Counseling, our mission is to provide a space of grace for people who feel burdened by life experiences, so that, with good counsel and self-discovery, they may live in freedom with a renewed purpose. We welcome people from all faith backgrounds, and do not seek to impose our beliefs upon others; however, we acknowledge that we are informed by a Christian worldview, and as such we seek to welcome and encourage all. We would be honored to share in your journey toward grace and healing.
A space of grace for those who feel burdened by life experiences, so that, with good counsel and self-discovery, they may live in freedom with a renewed purpose.