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Here I Raise My Ebenezer
Music tells the stories in this wee family of mine. There is always a song, a singer, a note that accompanies the moments we treasure.

A recurring hymn woven in our tale - sung at weddings, funerals, countless church services, and even a few bedtimes - is “Come Thou Fount,” written in the 18th century by Robert Robinson.

 

If you are unfamiliar with the lyrics, let me highlight a few key phrases.

 

“Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise ...”

“Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by Thy help I come ... “


There’s more -I encourage you to listen to the whole song.  But for now ... have you ever thought about who or what Ebenezer is?

It comes from I Samuel 7, after the Israelites had been delivered from the Philistines. Samuel interceded for the Israelites as they cried out to the Lord. And the Lord answered, confusing the Philistines with a mighty thundering.

Then, “Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (I Samuel 7:12, NKJV).

Ebenezer is, literally, “a stone of help.”

 

Friends, I am here to tell you, it is only with a multitude of grace and a veritable mountain of Ebenezers that I can write to you with joy of His mercy and goodness in my life.

 

In eight plus years of marriage, we’ve lived through four deployments (with a fifth looming), six moves, five pregnancies, three babes, and the combat loss of my best friend. And He never fails to help. Scripture pours out of me when I think of each moment I cried out in my desperation.

There are too many to list them all.

 

So beloved, hear this.
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13, NKJV).


I believe that I will see the goodness of the Lord because I have. Again and again. In darkness, and in light. In grief, and in joy. In loss, and in new life.

The Almighty, the Namer and Counter of Stars - He carries me, His precious lamb, in the crook of His arm (Isaiah 40:11). And He promises, promises, to never leave or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).

So here, here I raise my Ebenezer, my stones of help. Rocks made of the Word of life, poured out on parchment, cried out in desperation, sung from prisons, spoken from a bloody brow on a rough hewn cross, and whispered in the echoes of an empty tomb.

Hither by thy help, I come.


Reflection

Friends, what are your stones of help?

How has God shown you His goodness in the midst of despair?

If you can’t think of any, I challenge you to dig deep in His word ... find the promises so richly provided.

Prayer

God, thank You for being my Rock, and my refuge. I praise You because You give true hope in the midst of desperate circumstances. I lift up my cry to You today and ask You to meet my heart with joy. Fill me up with Your love. Help me to remember that You are always in control.  Help me to see Your goodness today, and to trust You always.



Molly Huggins (All The Grace Between) is an Army bride, one-time helicopter pilot, compulsive writer, friend seeker, and lover of color and all things textile. Her current occupation is ringmaster of the Huggins family circus (party of five). She has a B.A. in English from Covenant College and a passion for meeting other women right in the middle of their own messy stories. Pull up a chair at her virtual beat-up kitchen table, listen to her stories, and maybe even tell her yours.