Pomegranates by Chanan Mazal

Pomegranates by Chanan Mazal

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Rocks Of Remembrance

"When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua,  “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.... to serve as a sign among you.  These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.  He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”
Joshua 4: 1-3,6,7, 24


It has been my personal spiritual discipline as the end of each year comes to a close to find a quiet spot with my journal to spend some time with God in remembrance.

God commanded Joshua to be intentional to take some visual reminders of what He had done on their behalf.  The Lord intervened on their behalf by ceasing the flow of the water in order for the whole nation to cross safely through the Jordan.  God then sent the men to pick up stones from the Jordan to take with them as a symbol of the powerful hand of God in their lives.

I think that God knows that it is our nature to be quick to forget.

He also knows that when trouble comes our way we are prone to worry and panic instead of to trust in Him.  We are anxious because we fail to recall the times that God has provided and carried us through to the other side.

Symbolic stones are a prompt to remember the hand of God in our lives.

The stones are a powerful mechanism to share our story with others of what God has done.

Recording His faithfulness also helps us to be attentive and live with gratitude for the everyday wonders He has displayed in our lives.


May I encourage you to join me and carve out some time to remember.


What are your personal rocks of remembrance from this past year?


Take a few moments to quiet your mind and heart.

Do not force the memories or worry if nothing comes to your mind right away.

Ask God's help to remember. 


Feel free to use this prayer along with me




Father, 

Thank you for the precious gift of your Holy Spirit that you sent to teach us and bring all things that we need into remembrance.   Help us to recall the ways you have worked in our lives over this past year.  

Bring to mind the ordinary wonders, answered prayers, provisions, protection, as well as your miraculous acts.  Help us to also see the blessings and gifts from some of the difficult and painful experiences we have lived through this past year.  Remind us of the ways in which You have made yourself known.

Forgive us for being quick to forget your acts of kindness. Have mercy on us for the ways in which we failed to acknowledge or recognize your hand in our lives.  Forgive us for the times we have taken undeserved credit for what you have done on our behalf.  Forgive us for being afraid and anxious instead of trusting and recalling Your faithfulness.

Help us to remember You, not just what you "do" for us.

Thank you for Your faithfulness and that you are fully trustworthy.
  
Thank you for choosing to reveal and make yourself known to us.

In the powerful name of Your Son, Jesus

Amen




As you record your own Rocks of Remembrance consider...

Ways that God has revealed Himself anew to you this year (protector, healer, strength, provider, comforter...)

Answers to Prayer

Unique ways God provided for you, someone unexpected came along to help in a time of need (physical, emotional, spiritual)

Times this year where you saw evidence of His hand of protection

Unexpected gifts that came your way




As the memories surface, simply record each act of remembrance.

Remember there is no act too small.

If you have a physical item that tells your unique story of His faithfulness this year, go ahead and get it.  Put it out on display in your home or your office.  A place where you will walk by it everyday, see it and remember His power.  Find a place where others may be curious and ask what that item is.  You can then take the opportunity to use that symbol in your home, car or office to tell God's story of His faithfulness in your life.

You can always go back and add items to your rocks of remembrance if something comes to mind later on.

Before you leave this sacred time of remembrance with God - do not forget to give Him praise and thanks for who He is and what He has done. 


A few of my own rocks of remembrance from 2016 ...


  • You have revealed your wonder, creativity and beauty to me











  • You have been my present help to comfort and uphold me through those difficult moments this past year

  • My niece's engagement (hula hula girl) & our new addition to the family - welcome Matt!



The Christmas Light Engagement - So Happy For You Both ~  Love You!



  • Family - love, laughter, memories and protection

  • The healing and health of my sister in law and nephew

  • Provision of new opportunities and ventures this past year for Ken

  • For unexpected beautiful new/old friendships (Kristine, Cathy, Alicia, Jessica)

  • Memories of our travels together



Ken taking in the Giant's Causeway

Legends of Kylemore Abbey


Blarney Castle Knitted Tree Gardens


Lookout at the top of Yeats Tower


Autograph Tree - GB Shaw, Yeats  - Coole Park - Gort


Sampling at the Cheese Factory


Riding the Canal together in Amsterdam




  •  For helping me to live awake in You Lord & for all of you who have chosen to stop by at arils and castles.  I am humbled and so grateful for the time you have taken to read, encourage and bless me throughout this past year



May God continue to reveal Himself to you
May He bless and keep you
 May His face shine upon you
 throughout this upcoming new year!




 







2 comments:

  1. Happy New Year my writer friend! Thank you for your faithfulness in sharing the gift of your thoughts in writing, and your beautiful photographs.

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  2. Thank you Belinda and a very happy new year to you and Paul and the family. You have been such an incredible encouragement, inspiration and blessing in my life.

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Rocks Of Remembrance

"When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua,   “Choose twelve men from among the people, one fr...