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Build memorials

Sheldon Livesay • Apr 22, 2020 at 11:30 AM

Editor’s note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

In Joshua 4, we read the story after Moses’ death of Joshua being named leader of the Hebrews, dividing the Jordan and leading this people into a land God would soon give them. God instructed Joshua to have men bring stones from the Jordan river bed to the other side where they were to build a memorial. In verse 6, it is written that this may be a sign among you that when your children ask their fathers ….what do these stones mean, they would tell them about the mighty hand of God in their lives.

Today, while this is a fearful time for many, we can all agree on and pray that it is a one-time-in-our-lifetime event. I want to give you two thoughts today.

First, think about journaling during this time. Whether you are 10 or 70, this is a time, your journal can tell how you feel, what you see and hear in the news and what you see happening in your community around you. It can become a precious document for future generations of your family. You younger folks, when you have grandchildren, you can offer them your journal to read and proudly say, “I remember that time.” Make every day an adventure through your pen, ie: the day of no toilet paper.

Secondly, though, think as a Christian. See how God is working and moving in your life and the life of your nation during this time. Never have churches been asked not to meet, yet people are praying like never before, trusting in God. Like Joshua, build a memorial during this time. And in future generations, when your children ask “what really happened in 2020,” you can answer how God intervened to once again deliver His beloved children from disaster.

Sheldon Livesay is the director of Of One Accord Ministry in Rogersville.

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