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Deuteronomy 4:23 Be careful not to forget the covenant that the Lord your God made with you.
“Be careful not to forget,” Moses told the people. He knew the new land would present new distractions and temptations and future generations would not necessarily honor commitments made by those who had come before them. This desert experience of a redeeming and commanding God could become a mere tale, almost a folktale, having nothing to do with life in a new age. Moses was absolutely correct in issuing his warning.
Where have we today forgotten our ancestors’ experience of a redeeming and commanding God? What and how should we remember? How do we keep their story close and real, instead of treating it as a folktale from a faraway land?
Today the Church remembers Augustine, First Archbishop of Canterbury, 605.