Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah ans Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far has the LORD helped us."
When they returned God showed them about the Ebenezer (see 1 Sam 7:12). They decided to build something that would honor God. They turned to the family to get input as what to build, all kinds of ideas where thrown out. We thought of waterfalls, things with light, man made rock carvings, using concert.... soon it became evident that we were on the same course to build something that would be all about man and not God. We were thinking about what WE could build. We found out how easy it was to go down this path.
n the end we decided to build a rock stack, an Ebenezer (see 1 Sam 7:12). This Ebenezer represents all the ways in the past year that God has helped our family and saved us from calamity. From Micah getting temporally lost on a subway in DC, to Chloe and her friends escaping from a four wheeling accident only needed some stitches, and Noah driving around. God has been with us. God has been our Ebenezer, our help in times of trouble.
It was decided that all the rock should come from family land and that everyone needed to be a part of the rock selection. We had a "rock selection committee" that consisted of family members, dogs, a John Deere Gator, chains, a spud bar, and a tractor.
Last Sunday we picked out Scriptures and engraved them on the rock.