British monarch is crowned sitting in the Coronation Chair. It is not very
impressive. The paint is peeling, showing the marks of earlier paint. The
initials of schoolboys are carved on it. But beneath it is the Stone of
Scone over which Scottish kings were crowned . . . and legend says that it is
the very stone on which Jacob pillowed his head that night when we fled from
Esau. It is unlikely that that stone is Jacob’s stone – or that the stone
pillow was ever marked or remembered or cherished. What we should cherish is
the faith of Jacob who sensed God’s presence in that lonely place, and prayed
there, and made a vow to God.
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,
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