By Todd E. Brady
Vice president for university ministries, Union University, Jackson
I came home Saturday morning with my Ebenezer. It now sits displayed on the shelf for all to see and hear the story of what it represents.
After the Lord “thundered a mighty sound” against the Philistines and defeated them, “Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said; ‘Till now the LORD has helped us.’ ” (I Samuel 7:12)
In the Bible, “Ebenezer” means “stone of help.” Every time an Israelite saw the stone erected by Samuel, he had a tangible reminder of the Lord’s power and protection. The “stone of help” marked the location where God was at work.
I have always been able to point to times and people whom God used in my life, but now I have my very own Ebenezer in my house.
I recently put on a ball cap, bundled up for the cold weather, and went across town to attend an Estate Sale. This favorite Saturday morning ritual often yields trinkets and personal treasures that can’t be found at Walmart. As she always does, my wife said as I was heading out the door, “Don’t bring home any junk.”
After rummaging through the tools and everything else outside, I waited in line to go inside the home. Once inside, I started looking around. I kept my eyes open for old clocks, old books and old artwork. [Read more…]