The antique gold plated pocket watch stands proudly on my dresser. It has “Wm. McCracken” hand lettered on its face. It was given to my grandfather at his “retirement” from the mission that was influential in leading him to Christ and sobriety. He served on staff there for over a decade after his transformation.
I put it there intentionally … so that I am reminded everyday of my spiritual heritage. My God story starts with an alcoholic grandfather who had a life changing encounter with God because of his addiction. His watch is an “Ebenezer”… a visual memorial of my family’s God story. The prophet Samuel erected a memorial to help fathers tell the story of God’s faithfulness to their children (I Samuel 7:12).
Recently I raised another “Ebenezer” in our home. On our mantle sits a carefully folded American flag … 4 of its stars shining through the triangular case. It is the flag that drapped my father’s casket. It is a powerful symbol of not only his service to our country as an island hopping Marine in WWII, but to the victories he experienced after he returned home. Dad overcame a tremendous amount of adversity … you can read about those in the book.
My question to you is … what are the “Ebenezers” in your home … the artifacts and heirlooms that are displayed in your living spaces that help you tell your family God story? If you have some … please leave a comment about them and let’s get a little story telling going on …