Altars of Remembrance

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“For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.”
??Psalms? ?26:3
I have talked before about the story in Joshua chapter 4 where God instructs Joshua and the Israelites to build an altar of remembrance near the Jordan River where God had just stopped the waters so they could all cross into the Promised Land. God wanted this to serve as a reminder to them and generations to come of His faithfulness. We are called to do the same.

Where is your altar of remembrance where you can take someone to and tell them the story of God’s faithfulness in your life? I have so many and more that were added just this year.  I could take you to the doctor’s office where the specialist who had been seeing me for almost a year informed my husband and I that getting pregnant again was not in the cards, and he would recommend a hysterectomy for me to alleviate the long time problems we were still having after hemorrhaging 3 years prior.  We could visit the room where my husband and I had made the phone call to the agency that would begin our adoption process because we knew God had called us to step out in faith on this journey. The places where we have done fundraisers for our adoption would show you God’s faithfulness as we prepared for the costs of an adoption. The doctor’s office where we scheduled the hysterectomy and then a few weeks later came back to find out that we would not be having any surgery because we found out I was pregnant. Or I could even take you to the many specialists appointments where we never knew what to expect with our very unexpected pregnancy that eventually led us to the delivery room where our miracle baby girl was born.  All of these places could hold an altar for our family so that we could take you there to share our story of what God has done for us.

However, every January 1, I get to go back to one place where I get to remember God’s faithfulness for me and my family that was the beginning of this story. The first night of the new year we went back to Target to pray and remember that even through the darkest nights, His mercies are new every morning. I got to share the story with Caroline about how God took care of us and always will. I got to take baby Elsie in her car seat, just like Caroline was 4 years ago, and see how far God has brought our family since a life threatening scare. I got to hear my husband pray, thanking God for hard times so that we are able to share our story to point others to our God who is so much bigger than we are.
Is it easy to remember difficult times? No. Were tears shed? Yes. Do we lean more on our fears than our faith sometimes? Yes. But Brannon and I have reminded each other that we can’t let our fear overshadow our faith. Our prayer in this new year is the same as it has been the last 4 years: that God allows someone to see Him through us.
Thankful for the opportunity to point someone to Christ.

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