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OLD BONES

Some time back I was watching an early-morning news show while I enjoyed a cup of hot coffee. The several people who were part of this morning news show team had been together for some time. On this particular morning, the man who brought the weather forecast during the show was there for the last time. He was retiring. That particular morning was to be his last.

As the show moved along that morning, several people were telling this man how they were going to miss him when he was gone. At one point, after some said they would miss him and hoped they would get a chance to see him once in a while, the soon-to-be-retired weatherman said, “We gotta’ get together and dig up some old bones, if you know what I mean.”

That’s quite a picture, isn’t it? I am guessing he might have had one of those dogs that is in the habit of burying a bone in the back yard, and then digging it up to enjoy at a later date.

That got me to thinking. I remembered a reunion I attended a number of years ago. It included a large group of us who had worked together many years ago. You could probably say that we dug up a lot of “old bones,” that weekend. And I admit that I kind of enjoyed it. In fact, I just received a card in the mail informing me that the same group is getting together again this year, for another dig….I mean, reunion! But I have a sneaking hunch it will be another occasion when some old bones are dug up again.

And I just learned that my wife and I have been invited to the 75th Anniversary of one of the churches where we served as pastor and wife. I am guessing that will be another weekend where some old bones will be dug up once again, do you suppose?

In a sense, there was some “digging up of old bones,” in the Bible. In Joshua 4:21-24. There is a story that reminds me there are some positive things which can result when people get together for a little “boning up.” These verses from the Old Testament Book of Joshua tell us: The people crossed the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month. Then they camped at Gilgal, just east of Jericho. It was there at Gilgal that Joshua piled up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan River. Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 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 when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. 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.”

You know something? It is good for us to spend time, on occasion, remembering what God has done for us during our lives. Those bones, I mean “stones,” were a reminder to the people of Israel what God had done for them. It must have given them hope and encouragement for the future. The next time you are visiting with an old friend, digging up some old bones, why not spend some time thinking about the stones that have piled up in your life; reminders of God’s goodness to you.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the old bones, or stones, that have become a part of our lives as we have traveled this journey through life with You. Maybe I have missed some that were truly significant. Would You remind me of some of them, Lord? Thank you for giving me hope and encouragement, and a future. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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