Devotional: Stones of Remembrance

“…Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:5-7 NIV

After Moses died on Mount Nebo Joshua was appointed to lead the twelve tribes of Israel. As he led them out of the wilderness into the Promised Land, Joshua instructed one man from each of the twelve tribes to take a stone out of the midst of the Jordan River and place it on the bank, on the shore to which they were crossing over. The twelve stones were to be covered in lime and stand as a cairn, a monument, an object lesson for their children. These stones represented the place where God met them at the Jordan River and parted the waters so that they could pass through to the other side.

Are there places in our lives where we can say, “God met us there or God met us here?” Have we conveyed our experiences with God to our friends, our children, and even our grandchildren? As we listen to our elders today, we might hear, if we ask, stories of places where God met them. Where have they seen God at work in their lives, in their family?  When we hear the stories of God’s faithfulness in specific answers to prayer we are building stones of remembrance.

Prayer: O Lord God, We thank you for places and times where we have met You in the past. We thank You for Your faithfulness today. We thank You for stories of remembrance conveyed to us from our elders that help us in our faith journeys with You. Hear us as we ask You to answer specific prayers today. Help us to build stones of remembrance of Your great works and mighty deeds in our lives that those in generations to come will use to build their faith in You. Amen.