Today is Memorial day…a day of remembering. I have found that stopping and remembering helps keep me grateful. There is a story in the Old Testament where God parts the waters of the Jordan river and Joshua and the Israelites cross over on dry ground. I don’t know about you but that would qualify as a miracle in my book. God instructed Joshua to take twelve men, one from each Hebrew tribe, and while the waters were still parted grab twelve stones from the middle of the river bottom. They took those stones onto the land and stacked them on top of each other and built a memorial to what God had done.
In Joshua 4:20 it says, ‘And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, ‘In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ I think that’s a good lesson for us today. Maybe you have an old picture of a grandfather or a dad that fought in WW1 or WW2 or Vietnam, etc. Why not take today and tell his story. Maybe you have a letter from a relative or a friend that was injured in combat or lost their life…why not take a moment to tell their story and remember today that the peace, freedom, rest, comfort, and safety we enjoy is extremely costly.
Gratefully Remembering today,