Friday, March 25, 2022

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Third Week in Lent, Friday, March 25, 2022

Joshua 4:14-24

That day the LORD made Joshua great in the opinion of all the Israelites. They respected Joshua all his life, just as they had respected Moses.

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Command the priests to bring the Ark of the Agreement out of the river.”

So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.”

Then the priests carried the Ark of the Agreement with the LORD out of the river. As soon as their feet touched dry land, the water began flowing again. The river again overflowed its banks, just as it had before they crossed.

The people crossed the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month and camped at Gilgal, east of Jericho. They carried with them the twelve rocks taken from the Jordan, and Joshua set them up at Gilgal. Then he spoke to the Israelites: “In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these rocks mean?’ Tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry land. The LORD your God caused the water to stop flowing until you finished crossing it, just as the LORD did to the Red Sea. [The LORD] stopped the water until we crossed it. The LORD did this so all people would know [God] has great power and so you would always respect the LORD your God.’”
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We are one in your Spirit. We have journeyed through the waters and carried grandparent rocks on our shoulders. We have been faithful to your word. Elders have squinted in wisdom and instruction to us. Elders and Knowledge Keepers stood in the water and guided us across the river. Warriors have gone before us, ready for battle. You walk with all of us and guide us day and night as we participate in your mystery.

Oh Yahweh, we pause here today to set our stones in place and remember your guidance, provision, and protection. We share with you and each other our stories of your miraculous ways. We celebrate that you are leading us on this Lenten journey. We pause at the stones we have placed from previous journeys and our hearts are filled with joy and laughter. In the act of remembering to remember, we see how marvellous you are and how your ways are so fricken amazing.

I marvel in your mystery today, Yahweh, and thank you for…

We see the rocks today and listen to the stories of old when our ancestors witnessed your wondrous acts and walked among your miracles. They created monuments in praise of you. Number our days so we too will see your miracles and tell the next generations the stories of how we participated in your mystery.

With joy, we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 32:1-11
2 Corinthians 5:6-15

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