Thursday, March 24, 2022

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Third Week in Lent, Thursday, March 24, 2022

Joshua 4:1-13
After all the people had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe. Tell them to get twelve rocks from the middle of the river, from where the priests stood. Carry the rocks and put them down where you stay tonight.”

So Joshua chose one man from each tribe. Then he called the twelve men together and said to them, “Go out into the river where the Ark of the LORD your God is. Each of you bring back one rock, one for each tribe of Israel, and carry it on your shoulder. They will be a sign among you. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these rocks mean?’ Tell them the water stopped flowing in the Jordan when the Ark of the Agreement with the Lord crossed the river. These rocks will always remind the Israelites of this.”

So the Israelites obeyed Joshua and carried twelve rocks from the middle of the Jordan River, one rock for each of the twelve tribes of Israel, just as the LORD had commanded Joshua. They carried the rocks with them and put them down where they made their camp. Joshua also put twelve rocks in the middle of the Jordan River where the priests had stood while carrying the Ark of the Agreement. These rocks are still there today.

The priests carrying the Ark continued standing in the middle of the river until everything was done that the LORD had commanded Joshua to tell the people, just as Moses had told Joshua. The people hurried across the river. After they finished crossing the river, the priests carried the Ark of the LORD to the other side as the people watched. The men from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and East Manasseh obeyed what Moses had told them. They were dressed for war, and they crossed the river ahead of the other people. About forty thousand soldiers prepared for war passed before the Lord as they marched across the river, going toward the plains of Jericho.
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

Thank you, Creator, for teaching us the importance of remembering your faithfulness and goodness. Thank you for remembering to remember us. Thank you for encouraging us to pass along to the next generation the stories of your goodness, protection, and provision.

The path seems hard today. We see rocks along the way and want to curse them, taking them for barriers. But you draw near to us again and bid us to listen to what we hear around us. The water speaks of your gentle hand. The rocks celebrate as you caress them. Mother Earth beats like a drum under the feet of your people and all who walk here. All are instruments put in place to aid us on our journey.

I hear your encouraging voice in creation today, Loving Yahweh, and thank you for…

We have come to your promised land together in community. We are your royal priesthood, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, water carriers, children, workers, teachers, warriors, and cupbearers. The path is ready and open for each of us. You leave nobody behind. We look to you with wonder and sing songs of celebration as we journey across the river together.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 32:1-11
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:5

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