We keep stones. When I say we, I mean our church family. We celebrate answers to prayer by dropping stones in a jar or placing them at the foot of the cross at our church….
When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua,
“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: 1-3
And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal.
And he said to the people of Israel, “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: 20-24
There is a stone for each of our children….when we passed court and were able to bring A & A home from Africa. There is a stone for our house that sold. There is a stone for Mike’s job. There are stones for lives rescued and marriages saved. There will be stones for lessons learned in years to come…
Our children will grow up placing their own stones and adding to the monument of God’s work in our community. These are our reminders. We tell the stories…often, and we praise the God who gives and takes away.