STONES OF REMEMBRANCE

Scripture Reading:  Joshua 4:1-7

“Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests feet stood firmly and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.'” (Joshua 4:2,3)

This pile of stones was to be a memorial to the sons of Israel for generations to come — “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’  then you shall let your children know, Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.  For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over; as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever'” (Joshua 4:21-24).

The memorial stones were a reminder of the power and faithfulness of God.  While we may not literally pile up stones to memorialize the great moments God acted in our lives, we have memories of His power and faithfulness that we must pass on to our children and to their children.  Look back over your life and remember the times when God intervened and directed you.  Put down memorial stones in your mind and pass them on to your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  Tell them about God’s faithfulness to you.  Tell them stories of how God directed your life, how He protected and delivered you, and how He blessed you.  Bear testimony to the present generation so that they too can begin to lay down stones of remembrance that can be passed down to future generations.

I can look back over my life and see how God blessed me and how He was faithful to me through good times and difficult times.  I remember the times He delivered me and members of my family from trials, troubles, and tribulations.  I know those times His hand was heavy on me and how he used that to change me.  Tell the stories.  Build stones of remembrance.  Pass along the lessons God taught you.

“I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.  We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might and the wonders that He has done.”  (Psalm 78:2-4)

O Sovereign Lord, thank You for the many times that You intervened into my life.  Thank You for Your faithfulness to me and to my family.  Thank You for the spiritual heritage I have — stories from my parents and grandparents.  Let me be faithful to honor You as I pass along those great moments in my life when I saw Your powerful hand at work.  Bless my children and grandchildren with a rich spiritual heritage.

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