Day 21: Stones Of Remembrance, Joshua 4: 5-24

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Theme: Stones of Remembrance

Scripture :  Joshua 4:5-24

Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jordan, and take

you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number

of tribes of the children of Israel: that this may be a sign among you, that when

your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying “What mean ye these

stones?”

Points To Ponder

Traditions just don’t seem to matter to people anymore. There was a time when

people wanted to do things the way their parents did them; now? Not so much.

But there are still religious traditions that we pass on, from father to son, from

mother to daughter, that cause us to teach the younger why we do this.

You may be someone who needs to know why you are still doing something that

has been done the same way for generations. Maybe it’s how you pray? Maybe

it’s your views on heaven? Maybe it’s whether you believe in physical healing?

These are areas that people struggle with.

In the South, we have heard the stories told by our grandparents of how they

came from the home country. For example, as a Sicilian, I found out that my Nana

Josephina came over from Sicily on a boat, by herself, with only a letter

introducing her to a cousin in New York City she had never met.

She was 7 years old!

And when she got to New York, the boat was quarantined for 30 days.

When this scripture explains why we pass on our traditions, personal and

spiritual, it is for a purpose:

So we never forget!

Never forget the struggle!

Never forget the victory!

Never forget the gratitude…of being saved!

Don’t get so far away from the event that you can’t remember the feeling…

When you crossed over Jordan…on dry land!

That’s something you should never ever forget!

Let’s Pray Together

Father God, remind me of the past victories that brought me to where I am today.

Bring to my mind those who fought for my right to be free, both patriotically and

spiritually. Soften my heart so I will honor those who came before me who paved

the path that I now walk. Show me the stones of remembrance in my life so I can

honor those who helped me get to where I am in you!

I thank you for those who went before me,

Amen