|Cairn at Maple Grove|
"And there you shall build an altar to the LORD your God,
an altar of stones" (Deuteronomy 27:5).
Cairns are man-made heaps of stones that have been erected all over the world since ancient times. Varying in size and complexity, they serve as landmarkers. Some are built to mark graves, summit tops, or trailways. Others mark the location of historical or memorable events. A carefully built cairn will stand perfectly balanced without the use of cements or adhesives.
In Old Testament times, God's people built altars of stones to mark the places where God rescued them or performed mighty acts. We built this cairn at Maple Grove several years ago as a monument to the greatness and goodness of our God. It serves as a memorial for us to recount the ways He has blessed us and to testify to His mercy and faithfulness.
"When your children ask their fathers in times to come,
'What do these stones mean?' then you shall let your children know. . .
that the hand of the LORD is mighty, that you may fear
the LORD your God forever" (Joshua 4:21-24).