Daily Devotion – June 13, 2018

Joshua 3:14-4:7

When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the people. Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the edge of the water, the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while those flowing towards the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho. While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished crossing over the Jordan.
When the entire nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua: ‘Select twelve men from the people, one from each tribe, and command them, “Take twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood, carry them over with you, and lay them down in the place where you camp tonight.” ’Then Joshua summoned the twelve men from the Israelites, whom he had appointed, one from each tribe. Joshua said to them, ‘Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, one for each of the tribes of the Israelites, so that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, “What do those stones mean to you?” then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever.’

Reflection by Janet Derby

Today is the third day of VBS. Some of our children and volunteers are new to us this year, some have been around quite a while. I had some conversations yesterday about past Vacation Bible Schools. We talked about the year we planted the rosemary which has grown into a bush. We mentioned a prior time when we discussed the story of baby Moses from a different perspective. Like today’s story of Joshua and the Israelites building a memorial to guarantee that the people would always remember God’s saving grace, so do we build memories for the children of our community to help them navigate the world ahead of them. I am grateful for all those who support our efforts to create this firm foundation of faith.


Amazing God, thank you for all those who have told us the stories of your love and deliverance and those who continue to ensure that the story continues to be told. Help us to build on that foundation and spread your love to the world. Amen.

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