Why Do We Remember?

stones jordanYesterday I wrote about memorials.

I referenced a special memorial, a pile of stones God told the people to leave at the place they entered the Promised Land.

“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

WHY?

Why are memorials so important? Why do we need to remember?

We could create a list, but today I’m focused on one intended purpose of memorials.

Memorials focus our attention.

When Israel’s children heard the story behind the alter of stones, their attention would turn to God and His faithfulness. And, hopefully, they’s be called back to lives of obedience, worship, and service.

On Memorial Day, it’s important to remember. But if all we do is get sentimental before we toss another burger on the grill, perhaps we’ve missed the point.

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