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Friday, May 22, 2015

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Memorials
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

When the Israelites cross the Jordan River, Joshua set up twelve stones and said to the people, “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)

Memorials are ways to remember significant events that have taken place in our lives. Simply a souvenir of a vacation that was once enjoyed can be a memorial that we showcase on the wall or mantle of our home. Pictures can be another way of memorializing an event or milestones that have taken place in our life or the lives of our loved ones. Memorials are often used to reminded us of the good times and happy moments. They are often used to bolster our hope of a brighter future with something to look forward to. That was the point of Joshua because he knew that the people would face hardships so he wanted them to be able to look to something that demonstrated God’s faithfulness. The point being that God is faithful even when we don’t see it. To know this and to review the times of his faithfulness is a help to live through those times when things seem bleak and dark.

Sometimes we hold on to memorials that don’t help us to look forward to better times. Instead we hold on to ones that remind us of hopeless times by holding on to objects, or memories that need to be let go. Instead of building us up, they tear us down. Sadly many hold on to memorials that keep them stuck in the past in a negative way. Letting go of those things is not easy because they often remind us of a time when we did have hope and the prospect of a better future, but through events we had no control over, they now have become memorials of deep sadness and despair. Is it perhaps time to start building memorials of hope? Think about it.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

I hold on to everything. My gets angry at me for this but I am a repurposer and she is surprise at what we use things for as in Alaskan frontier. God said all things are good and they are as far as I am concerned .This applies a lot in my life and I have traveled just about all over the world. Enough said

Anonymous said...

Yes! As Joel Osteen says, "we can make our scars into stars and our mess into our message"! Thanks for your encouraging words, Pastor Bernie!

Anonymous said...

So true, Thank You. Slowly weeding out the bad memories.