"Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it." (Genesis 28:18)
Reminders can be interesting things. When we have food, in the fridge or freezer, we want to remember to take with us we put our key on said food. We can't leave without the key so we remember the food. Or..... when we need to remember to do something it goes on the calendar - right? If it isn't on my calendar it probably isn't going to get done. One of my favorite reminders is my prayer scarfs. The prayer shawl group, at one of the churches I served, gave me the first scarf when I had to drive in BAD winter weather. The second prayer scarf is a red one I can wear when I'm doing a memorial service -- a way to remember and honor my parents as I work with celebrating someone's life.
The readings today are about remembering and getting results. In Genesis we know Jacob has just been wrestling and wakes up realizing "God is in this place." (v. 16) When he gets up he places the stone "as a pillar" - a reminder. (v. 18) In Romans we are reminded we are "children of God" (8:14) because of the Spirit. (8:15:) The Gospel reading has Jesus pointing out He "will tell the harvesters" what to do with the weeds and the wheat." (Matthew 13:30) We don't have to decide - God will. We can remember God with us, the reminders we have, and continue to share as we learn and grow.
What reminders do you have? Especially reminders of when you have really felt God's presence with you - guiding you and giving you strength? Do you share, with others, what the reminder is and how God has helped in the past and is helping now? As Caregivers we are busy, with schedules changing all the time, what "reminder" do we have of God's presence with us. Something to think about........
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.