Scripture of the Day
“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life.” (
Moses had journeyed with the people of Israel for nearly forty years. It was almost time for them to give up their wilderness life and enter into the Promised Land. But Moses knew he would die before crossing the Jordan River. So, he gathered everyone for one final sermon. He summarized his ministry and their time in the desert. What I appreciate about that time — as they moved from the death of slavery to the life of freedom — was that it was not short. We do not flip a switch and we are free. We do not turn a corner and we are healed. We do not wake up one morning to find all grief gone forever. It is a daily choice. And every choice is either in the direction of a return to slavery or a step out toward life. Which will I choose? And am I awake when I make the choice?
Liberating God, free me from my habit of choosing death without noticing. Break the chains of my routine that leads me to indulge in those things that only make tomorrow harder. Lead me out from what is comfortable into the strange land of better decisions. Amen.