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Thought for the Week: Joshua 4:4-7

by admin on November 25, 2012 in Family, Reception Traditions, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe; and Joshua said to them, ‘Cross again to the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel. Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying “What do these stones mean to you?” then you shall say to them, “Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.”  So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever'”(Joshua 4:4-7).

The setting up of stones as a commemoration of an act of God was a simple way to ensure that the stories of God’s faithfulness would be passed down throughout generations because surely the children would ask about the stones.  We do similar things today: take pictures, journal, tell stories at family gatherings, etc.  However we do it, we too find value in remembering important people and events and finding ways to pass those pieces of our stories down to the next generations.

At a wedding, an event that a bride and groom will surely take photos and videos for in order to keep that act of God alive for posterity, there is much opportunity to pay tribute to other people or events that have gone before the bride and groom, bringing them to where they are today.

For example, many brides and grooms “set up stones” for their deceased loved ones: photos of their late grandparents, candles lit for deceased relatives, or toasts given in honor of lost family.  Another example would be paying tribute to the historical events that have occurred on the wedding day or wedding weekend such as a Veteran’s Day salute.  Or one of my favorite “stones” is when a bride and groom intentionally honor their parents, siblings, and/or bridal party by sharing the stories of how each has impacted their lives.

Lord, You are a glorious God Whose hand has been upon me.  You have knit together significant people and refining events to make me the bride I am today.  How can I show remembrance and gratitude for all You have done?  Whom should I honor at my wedding in order to speak of Your great power in my life?  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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