Do you sometimes forget how God has been faithful in your life? Br. Luke Ditewig shares his daily practice of stopping at the end of the day to see where God has been present, so that he can claim and share his good news.
Transcript: When Joshua led the people of Israel into the Promised Land they came to the Jordan River, and when the priests with the arc of the covenant stepped into the Jordan River, the river stopped, such that the people could walk through. Then Joshua told 12 men to go back into the center of the river to pick up 12 stones. They brought them out and on the shore they made a monument. Joshua told the people, “When your children ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ remember and tell them what happened here today, how God was faithful and provided for you.”
I think that’s important both for the children to hear the story but also for the parents to remember and to tell it. You know, often, I don’t remember. I forget what has happened. And so I need to stop and to see how God is faithful and doing things for me.
So often, at the end of each day, even for the little and small things of the ordinary life, I stop, and I ask myself, “For what am I most thankful? When was I most fully alive? How have I received love?” And the answers to those questions are memories. They are real instances where God has been present, where God has shown up for me, and that’s my good news to claim. It’s also then how I can share it with others. And it might be both me telling the story to someone else, to tell them what I am thankful for, what God has done for me.
I think we, too, as adults need to ask questions, and so our proclamation is also to ask one another, “For what are you most thankful? How has God shown up for you? When were you most fully alive?” And sometimes we mark those things. We may write them down, we may paint a picture, or take a picture, or pick up a stone where we are, and carry it with us to remember God showed up for me.
So what is the story that you are going to tell, and what are the stones? What do they mean for you? What’s your story? Tell me about what this stone means. Here’s a question for today: How has God been present in your life?
– Br. Luke Ditewig
Question: What stones do you carry? What do they mean?
Who has been a channel of God’s grace for you? In conversation or over email this week, reach out to five people to find out how they came to know God’s love. How does the Good News shape the way they live? Reflect on how you are inspired by their witness and examples.