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Gaston Fam._-107-Edit  A Note From Pastor Georgette                                                                                     

As I walked the shore of Lake Erie at Lakeside recently, I was amazed by the increasing number of “standing stones” erected on the rocky shore. The trend began years ago in a beautiful flower garden along the shore. As the years have progressed, so have the number of standing stones.  In scripture, “standing stones” were erected whenever a significant event occurred, marking the place, so that it would never be forgotten. When Joshua led the Israelites into the Promised Land, God told him to choose twelve men, one for each tribe of Israel to pick up twelve stones. (You can read the story in its entirety in Joshua 1-4.) The stones chosen, were ones the Priests stepped on crossing the Jordan River with the Ark of the Covenant into the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants, Moses and now Joshua.  The stones were a symbol of remembrance, a symbol of God’s faithfulness to lead them into the future. Joshua told the priests, “This will be a symbol among you. In the future, your children may ask, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you will tell them that the water of the Jordan was cut off before the Lord’s covenant chest. When it crossed over the Jordan, the water of the Jordan was cut off. These stones will be an enduring memorial for the Israelites.” (Joshua 4:6-7, in part CEB)

This story got me thinking about the “standing stones” of our lives and this congregation. The places, people, events and experiences that symbolize God’s faithfulness when the deep waters of life and change threaten our ability to make it to the new places God calls us to go. What “stones” have we erected to remind ourselves, our children and theirs of God’s faithfulness in the past? What stories of God’s faithfulness to us and our faithfulness to God will future generations have to tell? We are here for a time, but the “standing stones” of our lives tell a story that is timeless. God is faithful, God loves us, God is willing to go to great lengths to help us not only to keep moving forward, but build  “enduring memorials” in every generation.  “So that all the earth’s peoples might know that the LORD’s power is great and that you may always revere the LORD your God.” (Joshua 4:24 CEB). Keep calm and build on, Beloved!

Agape, PG