Last weekend I attended the 125th Reunion of Maurertown Brethern Church which is my childhood church. So many memories of Sunday School, Christmas performances, memorization of Bible scripture, gathering flowers for the altar, baptisms and revival services. So many have gone to heaven who made the church grow and were pillars (rocks). Dr. Fred Finks of Ashland Theological Seminary spoke about those memories and tied it into the remembrances of the people of the second crossing of the Jordan into the promise land mentioned in Joshua 4: 19-24 NIV
19 On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. 20 And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. 21 He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea [a] when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 24 He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.”
Poetic Reflection of Sermon by Rena (Raynor) K. Oynes
Marching onward with faces set as a flint
The Israelites full of faith followed the priest and arc
Into the whirling, Spring flood waters of the Jordan
Trekking across on dry land.
Above the sound of the waters
Their praises soared to the Lord on high
At last as a remembrance, the priest didn’t want to forget
So with a Heave Ho!
They took upon their shoulders a river rock for each tribe
Forming a memorial to praise the Lord.
Little gods that day, hid in the folds of peoples pockets
Where cast to the earth
For the Rock – God Almighty ruled that day
Through the troubled waters.
We must like the Israelites
Decide to follow Jesus
Through troubled waters that He is able to take us through
On dry land to the promise land
So decide today to follow Him who is the power
The glory and might.