The stone which helps us is sometimes a memorial stone. It reminds us that we are more than the sum total of our accomplishments. We are more than the record of our mistakes. We are more than the fears projected on us from others, subtly absorbed into our psyche. We are the repentant ones, appalled that we would consider our own efforts as good enough to save us. Here I raise my Ebenezer, tied by God’s mercy (through His son, Jesus) to God’s heart of love. Thank you Father. I set you apart to be my dad, with all the goodness that one word was meant to convey!!- Teresa
1 Samuel 7: 12-14 (ESV)
12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen[b] and called its name Ebenezer;[c] for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.” 13 So the Philistines were subdued and did not again enter the territory of Israel. And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. 14 The cities that the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron to Gath, and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. There was peace also between Israel and the Amorites.