memorialize

Happy Thanksgiving!

May you enjoy a day immersed in joyful reflection of the goodness of God!

Aren’t you thankful to live in a land that values the importance of gratitude? Our national holiday amazes people around the world! Let us not take for granted that America pauses for a day to thank God as we gather friends and loved ones together over a meal and commemorate all He has done!

As this special day helps us to memorialize God’s grace, let’s examine our practice of placing “stones of remembrance” in our lives. The terminology stems from an Old Testament account of God’s people miraculously crossing the Jordan River during its flood stage. The Lord instructed Joshua to have tribe leaders collect stones from the river bed and place them in their camp.

In the future, when your children ask you, “What do these stones mean?” tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:6-7).

I want signs of God’s faithfulness to surround me, don’t you? I want intentionally placed representation of His miraculous intervention in my life, so I have to purposefully select “stones of remembrance.”

St. John holds a special place in my heart, and all who visit our home can see its importance represented by jars of collected sand. Each time I look at the sand, I revisit God’s love demonstrated to me in marriage to Jon and our favorite honeymoon spot, strength and healing after surgery, comfort in times of sorrow, and joy of sharing memories with family. It is no wonder that even my Christmas tree has sandy adornments!

collected sand from St. John

collected sand from St. John

Let’s ask God to inspire our commemorating tactics, and let’s be intentional about storing collectables, journaling memories, framing photographs, writing books, scripting poems, painting canvases and building structures. However the Lord leads you to make a lasting memory, put your hands to work and do it.

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