Stones of Remembrance
 
A stone in scripture is used to describe strength or resiliency in a person's character. Spiritually it carries the meaning of great strength or power with the ability to destroy whatever is in its path. A large stone is also used to describe a barrier where a person is and where a person is meant to be, either physically, emotionally or spiritually.
Stones also carry the instant visual of great beauty. It has been declared according to legend that when an emerald was given by God to Solomon- this emerald endowed the king with unlimited creativity.
My favorite story of the use of stones in the Bible when it was used in remembrance of God's protection, provision, and promises.
So, in these times of change, we do need our strength and resiliency. In fact most of us have a large stone in front of us as a barrier to where we need to be. So as we re-think and re-invent our lives, let’s remember how God has carried us this far...and perhaps you do not have an emerald on your finger that carries magical powers of creativity, nevertheless, I can assure you the Creator happens to be the author of creativity .
So I leave you with some word stones of remembrance. Psalm 121:
7-8 The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your comings and goings both now and forevermore. Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. And my personal favorite word stone, Isaiah 43:2. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
And in closing, life is not a snapshot, it is a moving picture. New is not always something good...it is simply something different. Trials are good, they are meant to bring what is in you out of you. It makes us into living stones. Perhaps this character building time refers to Revelation 2:17 where God declares, “I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it. Known only to the one who receives it”. A stone of remembrance indeed.
Karynn Dawn Pensanti

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