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August 6, 2018 / Comments (0)

Re’eh: Gratitude for Trail Magic

For there will never cease to be needy within the land. Therefore, I command you, saying, you shall surely open your hand to your brother, to your poor one, and to your needy one in your land. כִּ֛י לֹֽא־יֶחְדַּ֥ל אֶבְי֖וֹן מִקֶּ֣רֶב הָאָ֑רֶץ עַל־כֵּ֞ן אָֽנֹכִ֤י מְצַוְּךָ֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר פָּ֠תֹ֠חַ תִּפְתַּ֨ח אֶת־יָֽדְךָ֜ לְאָחִ֧יךָ לַּֽעֲנִיֶּ֛ךָ וּלְאֶבְיֹֽנְךָ֖ בְּאַרְצֶֽךָ:

For there will never cease to be hungry hikers on the trail.

Every class of thru-hikers on any of our long trails comes with stories of how the “trail will provide.”  The majority of those instances come from simple human kindness of fellow hikers (day, section, or thru) or people along the route.

A ride, a favor, a cooler of water at an intersection with a road.

Hikers usually seem poor and needy.  But we lose things, or we forgot to pack something, or we missed buying something vital at our resupply.

If you ever want to see an astonishing level of human kindness, undertake a thru-hike.

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