“That this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever” (Joshua 4:6-7, ESV).
After Greg realized his teenage daughter made an error in her bank account and had to pay hefty fees, he sat her down at their kitchen table one evening. He opened his budgeting software and began explaining how he managed the family’s income.
“I plan for the various expenses that keep our household running,” He explained. “You can see here that I budget money for groceries, electricity, and car insurance. Some of these expenses you must estimate.
When there was a knock at the door, Greg left his daughter to look over the family budget. He came back to the table a few minutes later to find her frowning. “Dad, what does this expense mean? It says in remembrance.”
“That’s money we share with others in need. Your mom and I do that because when you were two days old, I lost my job. It took six months before I found another job, but God provided for our little family. Now, we bless other families because of God’s faithfulness to us.”
God, help me remember Your faithfulness always. Let me tell the generations that come after me about what you have done for our family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.