Remembering the Story of God's Faithfulness
You may recall this line from the hymn, Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing,
"Here I raise mine Ebenezer, Hither by thy help I've come..."
What is an Ebenezer? Before we dive in to the purpose of the Ebenezer Box, let's first visit the story of Samuel.
Samuel was a wise and godly man with a good idea. (1 Samuel 7:12) He recognized a recurring characteristic about human nature - we are forgetful. After a long period of sadness and trouble, Israel repented under his leadership. Samuel then placed a large stone at the place where this restoration began. The Ebenezer stone. And as the people got on with their lives, the stone stood there, visible to all who passed that way and reminding them that by God's help they found a new day of hope and revival.
One way we can calibrate our lives to the great story of God and people is to keep an altar of God's help close by.
The Ebenezer Box is a box made in the shape and size of our church Bible. This book/box is a place for you to write stories, collect symbols, make artifacts, and keep anything that involves the story of God's faithfulness to your family.
Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9. In these verses an opportunity for families is addressed:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I have given you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Further on, in verse 20-24, parents are told that their children will one day ask about the meaning of their beliefs. This is an opportunity for parents to respond.
Remembering is way to train the mind to include our history and our hope for the future. Keeping our storied walk before "our very eyes" is a nobel task that families might undertake today.