Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Monday

To wish you all a "Happy Memorial Day" seems somehow irreverent for the loss of so much life over the centuries...

I wish you simply to remember. 

Joshua 4 reminds of memorials and why we do them....

4 When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. 3 Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’”

4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. 5 He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the Lord your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. 6 We will use these stones to build a memorial.

21 Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea[c] when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. 24 He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.”


We have stones too...


Researching our family history, I've been able to find three ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War. Above, my husband stands beside his 5x's Great Grandfather's memorial, John O'Gullion, who fought at the Battle of Long Island and was wounded in New Jersey, yet lived to be near 100. 
Yet sadly, none of our family knew his memorial had been in the county they lived in for the next 5 generations, because no one passed the story on to the next generation.


Above, this week I've just located a third patriot: Jacob Hite, my husband's 5x's great grandfather who fought at the Siege at Yorktown and was present when Cornwallis surrendered to the American Continental Army. This battle in 1781, under the command of Gen. George Washington, was the last land battle and brought about the negotiation of the end of the Revolutionary War.

This spring I found another patriot, Col. Henry Haller, my husband's 6x's great grandfather who fought along side Gen. George Washington. I would like to find his stone one day, but it's on his private family farm in Pennsylvania. 
At Find-A-Grave.com, it reports family tradition states that he crossed the Delaware with Washington. I was so happy to learn his family told of his story!

Whether stones of our forefathers, or memorials to God, tell your stories of God's faithfulness to your children. Perhaps then there could be less war and a greater humbleness for life and the sacrifices made on our behalf.

Today, tell your children what these stones mean.
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
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2 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Anne. I have ancestors (that I currently know about) who fought in the American Revolution, WWI, WWII, and Korea. They were brave men who offered the greatest sacrifice. Thank you for this reminder to tell my children who these men were and what their lives mean for our freedom today.

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  2. Thanks Gabe. Yes, do tell them!

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