"When your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.” - Joshua 4:6-7
None of us like to think about death. None of us enjoy thinking about the end of our lives, it runs counter to our instinct for survival and can be both morbid and depressing. But, when approached correctly, these difficult thoughts and discussions can be a catalyst for positive and wonderful insights and outcomes.
As we wrestle with our own mortality, one of the most common desires is to want to leave a legacy. This takes shape in many different ways: we want to provide for our families; we want to have done something meaningful vocationally; we want to have made a difference in our community and in the world.
After 40 years wandering in the desert, which was proceeded by generations of slavery in Egypt, Joshua has led the people of Israel across the Jordan river (with a miraculous assist from God) and they are, finally, standing on the ground that is the promised land. God commanded them to take stones from the riverbed with them, and Joshua tells them that their children, some day will ask: ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ The stones become a reminder of the legacy of God’s faithfulness that is the most vital thing they have to pass on to their offspring.
At Highland our newly formed Legacy Circle are the stones that we will point to, now and in the future, to remind ourselves, our children, and our community of God’s faithfulness and the faithful work that God has done in and through Highland Presbyterian Church for over one hundred years. I am grateful for what God had done for us, and I am so excited to see where God is leading us in the future. The Legacy Circle provides all of us with the opportunity to ensure that we are part of the legacy of Highland Presbyterian Church and that it will continue to be a beacon of light on the hill, shining and sharing God’s love today, tomorrow, and into the future.
Sharing God’s Love,