Choose life

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

         I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.
         Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.

                  —Deuteronomy 30.19

It’s not a game show with two doors,
a test with a right and a wrong answer.
There’s no reward or punishment.
It’s life, and we have to choose it,
embrace life or ignore it, receive it or not,
choose to give life or to diminish life,
to extend blessing or curse.
Life is not the reward for picking the right answer;
it’s the thing that itself is worth picking.

Your life is part of all of Life.
Choose to be a part of it instead of being separate.
Choose all of Life, not just your own little lifelet.

The choices are seldom two, right or wrong.
They are manifold, a thicket of tangled roots,
a thousand ways to harm a neighbor,
bless a stranger, set someone free.

When you see life, any life, notice it. Bow to it.
When you have the chance to enrich a life, choose that.
When someone has hurt you, give blessing, not curse.

Where there is injustice, anything that diminishes life,
choose what gives life instead.
It will not always be easy to live out that choice.
But the choosing will make you strong.

The life that is given to you, freely and without limit—
choose it, or you’ll miss it entirely.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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