Being in Lent can, I find, cause me to focus on what I have decided to give up rather than bringing me closer to God. However, today’s reading in Deuteronomy reminds us of all that God does for us even during suffering; it causes us to recall how close to us he truly is. Every day we consciously recreate the experiences of the Israelites and rely on the same grace that he showed them. Yet the reading also reminds us that, despite the grace of God, we still have responsibilities as followers of Christ to follow his commandments, walk in his ways, and fear him. The promise of heaven awaits us in the end just as, at the end of Lent, there awaits the promise of Easter.