Stones of Remembrance

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Stones. Part of God’s fascinating creation. There is something about stones and remembrance. When the Israelites crossed the Jordan at flood stage to go into the promised land, the Lord instructed them to make a pillar of stones to remember the miracle.

4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, 5 and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, 6 to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 7 tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:4-7

My girls want to collect stones from everywhere we go, even a friend’s gravel driveway. They usually pick up the “sparkly” ones, and sometimes they want to paint them. So when my husband went camping with a friend, he brought home these river rocks. (pictured above) He may as well have been bearing gold and jewels! They were so excited. You can bet that they will always remember exactly how they got those stones.

What are your stones of remembrance? We all need them, in whatever form will speak to us of God’s glory and faithfulness. So, when your children ask you, “What does this mean?” you can tell of your mighty deliverer!

This post was a direct result of the Weekly Photo Hunt at Moms of Grace. Melody’s topic was “keepsake,” and I decided to highlight my daughters’ love of stones. After I took the picture, and sat looking at it, God spoke to me about the need for “stones of remembrance,” and how these stones were a remembrance of how much their daddy loves them. I so love how the Photo Hunt stretches my abilities as a photographer and a writer, helps me to think outside the box. Moms of Grace is an incredible community of Christian Women online. I never realized how it would inspire me to connect with other Christian moms all over the world, so if you’re not in on it, don’t miss out! Click here to get started!


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  1. MorningSong says:

    I love this post!!! My kids love stones too! In fact, we have a bucket full of stones my son found over the past year. He is only 2.5! He thinks he should take one home everytime he finds one. It is fun.

    I love how you related it to the stones of rememberance! Truly a great thing to consider.


  2. Heather S. says:

    Neat little topic to write about, Sarah! You know, my mom and dad just went to Hawaii last summer and picked up some black rocks for my kids. There were lots of them on the beaches there. They came from a nearby volcano. Something about when they meet up with the ocean, it makes them really smooth…Anyway, the kids always tell the story of where they came from when we come across them. I love how you tie this little detail of common everyday life in with the story of crossing the Jordan River.



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