A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
This Friday marks the 14th anniversary of 9/11, an event that has forever altered the lives of thousands of families and changed how we view the world. Moments of silence will be observed, memorial services conducted, and 5K races run to honor the fallen and commemorate the heroism of others. Events like this are never meant to be forgotten. But, an event or memory doesn’t need to be painful for it to be etched into the consciousness of a nation.
In the book of Joshua, the people of Israel enter the Promised Land following God’s parting of the Jordan River. Before the waters came back together, the LORD commanded Joshua to select twelve men and have them bring twelve stones out from the middle of the river. These stones were then set up as a memorial for all to see. When asked, “What do these stones mean?” the people are to be told how God miraculously held back the Jordan River (just like He had held back the Red Sea for the generation before) so that they could cross into the Promised Land.
Memorials serve an important purpose not only in the life of a nation but, in our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. This week take time to reflect on the ways that God has displayed His power, faithfulness, and compassion in your life. Then thank the LORD and start collecting some new memorial stones as you walk with Him!