… this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ -Joshua 4:6
Nothing is made to last anymore. Things break and are thrown away. Buildings fall down and disappear. It is likely more expensive to repair an item than to simply buy a new one. “Things” don’t last. People do. No, not in the flesh, but in the hearts and memories of other people, generation through generation to the next. It is not what we build from bricks and metal that will endure, but that which we create from the decisions we make, the actions we take, the words we say that make a difference in the lives of others.
Jesus had no possessions. Nothing that touched Him remains and yet He continues to touch millions of lives day after day, year after year. Mere mortals also grasp a bit of immortality as long as we are remembered by those we love, who love us and keep us alive in the traces of meaning we leave behind.