Stones of Remembrance

“Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’  Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’  For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over.  He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.”  Joshua 4:21-24

“I make it a point,” says my friend Marge Gieser, “of painting a small stone with some sort of identifying symbol or figure commemorating amazing events in our family life that speak of God’s mercy and power on our behalf.

A few examples are the three-month premature birth of our twin grandchildren, a four-year-old who somehow swallowed a needle that thankfully lodged in his appendix instead of his bowel, and a three-year-old who miraculously saved his one-and-a-half-year-old brother from drowning in our backyard twenty-four-inch deep pond.  (At that time, the three-year-old was badly delayed in speech, but that night, he clearly and distinctly said, “Jesus helped me.”)

Another time, when an eleven-year-old grandson was seriously injured on a canoe trip, there was an amazing and sudden assembly of people to help us – a miracle of God’s grace evident to us all, most of all the eleven-year-old.

I expect that the stones will slowly pile up in years to come as there are more incidents of God’s amazing grace and mercy.  They will be there so that the children can ask, what is the meaning of these stones?  Then, we can all recount the stories.”

Marge Gieser submitted this story for The Christian Grandma’s Idea Book by Ellen Banks Elwell copyright 2008.  Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Il 60187.

Blessings,

Ellen

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