And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then you shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.
Read Joshua Chapter 4
Stones of Remembrance
As Joshua began to lead the people of Israel to possess the land of Caanan, there were many challenges. God did not just give them the land, they had to go in and possess it. The people must pass over the Jordan River to begin this conquest. God told Joshua to tell the priests who carried the ark of the covenant to lead the people over Jordan. As soon as the soles of the priests feet touched the water, the waters were held back so that the people could cross over on dry land. Joshua selected twelve men (one from each of the twelve tribes) to bring a stone from the place that the priests stood on dry land in the midst of the river. Those twelve stones became a reminder of God’s mighty power and presence among His people.
I love special days, especially those associated with Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter when we decorate the church, have special music and programming. To me, like those stones so long ago, these special days are an opportunity to remind our children of God’s promises to each generation.
O God of Days
May everyday be made special by remembering You and Your blessings to me.
– Fae Jones