Memorial Stones

Joshua 4:6-7

that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”

Yesterday I was encouraged to work on an exercise where I wrote out a memory of Gods faithfulness in my life and then to post them around the house as a reminder to me when a fiery dart from the enemy is launched my way. I once heard a pastor say that “no one talks to you more that you”. With that you have to wonder what we are allowing into personal conversations. Who rules those conversations?  If I am not careful to be using the filter of Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. I often get stuck in a track of selfish, immature and foolish thinking.

During the exercise yesterday I recalled a time when I told my wife that I was going to set up a pile of stones in our backyard between some trees. She at first was skeptical and just thought it was silly to have a pile of rocks in the backyard. After I explained her that after this I was confident that someone would ask about the pile of stones and that we could then say, one of those stones is for our grandchildren and what God has blessed us with in each of them. One of the stones represents God’s faithfulness in healing our addictions to drugs and alcohol, and on and on we could go. As I started the pile of stones she joined me in the back yard and we named them as we made the stack. From that time on when we would look out anyone of the windows on the back of the house our eyes were drawn to that pile of memorial stones and we could not help but remember God’s faithfulness.

Not long after we had completed the memorial stones our oldest daughter asked about the stones and it lead into a wonderful conversation with her about what God had done for us. She was so moved by the conversation and the symbolism that we hosted the dedication of our twin grandchildren in front of those stones and added one more for their commitment to raise those children in the Love and Truth of Jesus.

I wanted to encourage each of us that we all have these memorial stones and that while maybe you don’t need a pile of rocks or a posting of God’s faithfulness around your house that each of us should take time to remember what GOD HAS DONE and continues to do in our lives. While maybe things are not perfect He is still present and caring for each of us giving us what need.

In closing I would like to share one of my memorial stones from yesterday – God has always provided me with men to walk with and has met men with exactly who I needed as was willing to walk in faith.

REMEMBER . . .

Ron Peterson – Jim Nelson – Pete Yarema – Mark Cantey – Steve Yates – Larry Jacob – Brenden Kurtz – Gale Jenkins – Kent Hadraba – Jeff Kotthoff – Vince Gaddis

John 15:13

13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

1 Thessalonians 2:8

So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

Proverbs 27:6a

Faithful are the wounds of a friend,

 

Thank you Father for ALWAYS being faithful even when we are not. Thank you for giving us what need and not always what we wanted. For knowing each of us as individuals and know that we need each other.

 

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