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Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:15  See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16  If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. 17  But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, 18  I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20  loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

These are the words of Moses as he takes his leave of the children of Israel. These treasured words have been passed down from generation to generation, as this is told and retold. Every generation is challenged again with this choice: obey God or turn away, do not hear, and be led astray.


Lent is a moment to revisit our calling to be Jesus-followers. Let us use this period as a time to reflect on our commitment to God – and choose again the way of obedience to God: a way of life that is deeply satisfying and affirming. 

For Thought:

Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were ev'ry stalk on earth a quill
And ev'ry man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Tho stretched from sky to sky

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Crucial Choices

The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 123.

This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.   

“To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936)