Memorial Stones


Like the Israelites, we still need to be active in sharing stories of God’s faithfulness with our children or with those whom God has brought into our lives.

“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7 (nlt)

Tonight, my eighteen-year-old daughter brought a friend to dinner. Halfway through the meal my daughter looked to her dad: “You should share about the time you felt God leading us to move two thousand miles away.” Everyone around the table smiled. First, because it’s a cool story. Second, because we know that story leads to a dozen more about how God has done great things in our family’s life.

In Joshua 4:6–7, we read, “In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever” (nlt).

We don’t have many memorial stones today, but we still need to be active in sharing stories of God’s faithfulness to our children or those whom God has brought into our lives. It’s through our personal stories that people understand how God has been our strength and our shield. Through our faith stories they understand the basis of our faith and trust. When those we care about see joy on our faces and hearts overflowing with thanksgiving, their faith in God will grow too. To share these stories is to share how God worked, and will encourage us to believe He will continue to work in every part of our lives.

FAITH STEP: Share one of your favorite God stories with a new friend today.

Written by Tricia Goyer

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