Daily Devotional

A way to remember

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[Joshua] said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’”

- Joshua 4:21-22 (NIV)

When I finished reading aloud a devotion to a friend, she reached into her coat pocket and pulled out a small, smooth, pink stone. She told me that she always carries it with her as a reminder to pause for reflection during the day — to give thanks to God for all the blessings she has received, to look past the mundane tasks and see afresh the beauty in a moment, or to quiet her heart and catch a glimpse of God nearby. Whenever my friend grasps her small stone, it prompts her to stop and remember.

In today’s reading, the Israelites gathered 12 stones for the same purpose — to remember. These 12 stones were significant because the Israelites collected them from the dry riverbed as they crossed the Jordan. Each stone represented a tribe of Israel, symbolizing the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt. Whenever the Israelites looked at the stones, they would remember how God had intervened in a mighty way.

God also encourages us to remember. When we consider God’s goodness and love in the past, we find courage to trust God for the days ahead.

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