Stones of Remembrance
What “stones” mark important times in your life?
I went camping with my son, Dad, brother, and two nephews last weekend.
It was an important time for us. We were marking our first trip together, and our first camping trip together, since my mother passed earlier this year.
She loved camping, and we had been talking about a “men’s trip” together at Christmas. She passed away early this year, and we decided to do the trip in her honour.
The trip was fun. It was good to be together. It was good to be in nature.
(I was helped in this by actually forgetting my phone and being #phonefree for the weekend!)
We spent some time reminiscing about Mom while sitting around the campfire. We told stories and even cried a little.
It was very good.
We may mark this as a yearly event, both to strengthen our bonds as a family and to remember and honour Mom.
In the Bible, as the Israelites moved throughout the wilderness, they marked important events with a stone altar. That way, whenever they came upon the altar, they had a story to tell future generations about how God had been good to them. (See Joshua 4:20–24)
These things helps us remember and mark important moments and events in our lives. We can refer to them as “stones,” “rituals,” or even “altars.”
What are the important “stones” in your life?
If you need help discerning them, or working through them, let me know. As a life-balance guide, I help people sort out their life situations and infuse meaning through helpful practices. Reach me through Jeremy Hoover Coaching or email me at jeremy AT jeremyhoover DOT com to let’s talk.