Read: Deuteronomy 4:9

The book of Deuteronomy is organized around three speeches Moses gave to the children of Israel just before they entered the Promised Land. Up to this point, the Israelites were campers. They lived in tents for forty years! I camped in a tent for one weekend and decided that was not my jam!

In Moses’ speeches, he reminds the Israelites of key events from the last forty years. Throughout the writing Moses said, “Remember…” It is important to remember.

You know those times around the family table when someone says, “Remember when…” and then a tale of family fun follows? Remembering can be fun. It builds comradery, it evokes emotion, it renews connection with others.

Remembering can also be difficult. Not all memories are pleasant. There are some things we just want to forget. Another day we will talk about what to do with those memories.

This week I want to focus on what I learned from camping. It will be more light-hearted than heavy, focusing on the foibles of outdoor living and what we learn from it. So grab some mosquito spray and let’s head outdoors!

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