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How do you celebrate the 4th of July?  My family used to camp on a strip of land in Wisconsin every year.  We were in the middle of a 2000 acre oak woods.  When my sister and I bought the land in 1969 we made it our own little piece of heavenly camping site.  Our husbands liked to be alone and the campgrounds were getting crowded.  So we went looking for something to buy so we could have it to ourselves.  The perfect spot became available.  Three hours from home, on 40 acres with nothing around like water or electricity, just a dirt, sand road to get to the land.  We had to make our own driveways into the land.  My husband used a compass to go straight back to an area off the road to camp on.

We were youth group leaders in our church and we brought the kids to the wilderness one weekend.  The girls wanted to bring their hair dryers.  We had to go to town, six miles away, for water.  My husband made a shower area for us and let the sun heat the water in a holder hanging on a tree.

We had Sunday service around the camp fire pit with Holy Communion.  The service was especially meaningful because we were in the open were we could relish God’s creation.

This doesn’t sound like a devotion, I know, but I want to encourage you to go out in the woods or a park or your own backyard and take a deep breath.  Close your eyes and picture God creating all the things around you.  It is such a blessing.  Have a great 4th of July celebration!