And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stonesthey had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.“
Six weeks before JD moved to Boston, my second nephew, Graham, was born. He spent a week in NICU, my sister spent a week or so in and out of the hospital and I spent a lot of time with Graham. He was a welcome distraction that nightmarish August, and when JD left, I spent even more time at Kyle and Joey’s apartment helping with Graham and Max. As I watch Graham grow, I am reminded of when the Israelites built a monument to remember the ways God provided and guided them I get to watch one of my monuments to God’s grace walk around everyday.
My walking monument turns two this week. Two! When I see him, growing and laughing and running around, I am reminded of the things God has done for me during his short life. When my marriage ended, a huge part of me was torn open. God used Graham’s love and his joy as a salve for this weary heart. With each milestone or birthday Graham celebrates, I celebrate too. I celebrate the healing that has occurred in my heart. I celebrate the laughter that I never thought would come again. I celebrate the goodness of Christ.
It has been a beautiful two years. It truly has. I don’t know that I could have said that a year ago, but on Saturday, as we celebrated two years of having Graham, I realized just how precious these years have been.
God is so good. His healing is full, warm, joyous, and worthy of all of me. Graham has helped me heal in ways he will never know. And I am excited to watch him grow, knowing that each passing year will be a reminder of the years of blessings the Lord has brought.