We still have memorial stones today. They can be anything that reminds us of who we are, where we’ve come from or what we’ve been through. They are things that remind us of God’s goodness and faithfulness during various times in our lives. Memorial stones don’t have to be just stones, they can be anything (cards, rocks, notes, etc). I knew a man who carried 5 pennies in his pocket every where he went. These five pennies represented his five grandchildren, and the dates on the pennies were from the year each of his grand-kids were born.
- A CHRISTMAS CARD I CARRY IN MY BIBLE: I have carried this card for years. It was given to me by a young lady named Cindy. Cindy’s dad was an alcoholic who I spent a lot of time talking with over a cup of coffee. One day he mentioned “getting cleaned up” and getting off the alcohol. I called his hand on it, and he did what he said. To this day, 9 1/2 years later, he’s still dry. The first Christmas following him drying out, his beautiful 17 year-old daughter sent me a Christmas card that said, “Thanks for giving me back my dad.” I was floored she felt this way, because I really had done nothing more than be his friend. So I have always carried that card in my Bible as a “memorial stone,” to remind me how easy it is to make a difference in someone’s life and not even know it. “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water… (Matthew 10:42)”
- A BOX OF CARDS: In the top of my closet you’ll find a shoe box full of “Get Well” cards that I received back in 2003 when I was diagnosed with cancer. Over 200 cards, letters and notes from people everywhere. I have cards from friends, family and people I never met. All of them telling me that they are praying for me to get well. That summer was a dark time in my life and those cards meant everything to me. Every May, on my cancer anniversary date, I take that shoebox full of cards are read them. They are my memorial stone that reminds me of other’s love and God’s kindness to me.
- AN OLD BIBLE: In my office you’ll find an old Bible that belonged to my father. My father passed away when I was only a child. I really have no real memories of him. I do have the Bible he carried. In it are verses he’s highlighted with a marker and notes that he’s written in the column. It gives me some insight into who he was and what he thought about God. It’s the memorial stone that serves to remind me that I came from a Godly heritage and if I’ll continue to walk in the light I will meet him someday.
- A PICTURE OF MY 4 BOYS: You will always find a picture of my boys on or around my desk. It’s my memorial stone that reminds me that God has blessed me richly. It also reminds me that I have a huge responsibility to be an example to them, and that the things I say and do will directly or indirectly influence them in a positive or negative way.