Thursday, March 7, 2019
Today, in Mercy, our first reading gives us Moses’ compelling speech to the newly covenanted Israelites:
Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom…
Choose life, then,
that you and your descendants may live.
We might ask ourselves, “Who wouldn’t choose life over death, for Heaven’s sake?”
Really? Well then ask yourself these questions:
Do I ever ignore health warnings, cancel doctor’s appointments, eat unhealthy food, smoke, drink and drive, drive and text, skip daily medicine, fail to exercise and get enough sleep … Should I go on?🧐
But even deeper than these external choices are the choices we make for the life of our souls.
- Do we pray daily, take quiet time to hear God in our lives?
- Do we recognize any toxic relationships or habits in our lives and work to remove them?
- Do we challenge our negative attitudes and try to grow beyond them?
- Do we call ourselves to generosity, forgiveness, gratitude, hope and other life-giving attitudes?
God has given us the gift of life. But it is up to us to LIVE our lives in the fullness of their possibility.
Music: Choose Life ~ Big Tent Revival (Lyrics below)
A choice is set before you now
living or dying, blessing or cursing
You know, the time has come around
to turn from your fighting
and rest in his mercy
Choose life, that you might live
the life that He gives
He gives you forever
Choose life, the way that is true
from the one who chose you
your father in Heaven
Trust the Lord with all your heart
all of your soul and all of your being
Hold on, listen and obey
surrender your life into His keeping
And the weight you’re under
will be lifted away
And the world will wonder
what happened here today
then you’ll stand right here and say