You and I come with an expiration date. I’ve thought about the mementos I’ll leave for family and friends. Have you?
When my son was living at home, I bought baby books and photo albums, took lots of pictures and kept a journal. He wanted a cookbook like mine, and I bought him one.
He grew up and moved away, but I visited him, took more pictures and continued to journal.
A friend of mine self-published a separate cookbook as a wedding gift for each of her grown children. The cookbook contained that child’s favorite recipes, pictures, scriptures, and commentary to remember the family history from birth to marriage. The children and their spouses treasure that cookbook made especially for them.
This winter a woman showed me a gift book to commemorate the extended family tradition of a Thanksgiving reunion at the beach. The book contains countless pictures of every single Thanksgiving reunion.
Without those mementos, how will the people remember?
Joshua had that idea in mind. In Joshua 4:21-23, he says, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.”
If you haven’t thought of what you’ll leave for your heirs to remember the blessings of the Lord, it’s not too late to put a plan into action.
Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega February 8, 2016