Remember…

In the post that I published last year on September 11, I wrote about the importance of remembering (click here to read it) and that, in remembering, we need to be motivated to pray for our world as it remains fallen.  Until Jesus returns, the world will be fallen and bad things will happen.

On Labor Day morning at Village Creek Bible Camp, our friend gave the closing message for Family Camp weekend and talked about how remembering is important for us.  She walked us through Biblical passages in the book of Joshua (chapter 4 specifically) which tell the story of the Israelites setting up standing stones after they had crossed through the Jordan River.  The stones were to be reminders of what God had brought them from and to be there as a way for generations to come to be prompted to ask why they were there.

Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who carried the ark of the covenant were standing, and they are there to this day.

Remembering is important.

When we look back to see where we have been and what God has conquered in us and for us, we have the strength to move forward with faith and in the courage that comes from knowing that God is faithful.

Many of my posts are lengthy, but this one is not going to be.  Everyone’s standing stones are different.  For the Jewish people, they have endured many times of trial through Biblical history and in modern history.

For Americans, today serves as a standing stone for our entire nation.  May we see as a one that can lead us closer to God who has been faithful for generations and who will be faithful for generations to come.  May it lead us – as I wrote last year – to pray more.

Amen.

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