This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
~ Deuteronomy 30:19
Breath Prayer: “Choose life” “choose blessing”
In many ways the wilderness is the perfect image for our traveling through these Lenten days. It provides space and place for a particular spiritual time of reflection. Hours into days we have wandered. Some of this past week has felt so real that our throats have felt parched and our bodies have grown weary. The barrenness. The isolation. The cold and loneliness of this wilderness place can come alive differently during Lent.
Today’s reading reminds us to keep our focus. We cannot lose ourselves in the wandering of the season. God’s ancient words speak clearly this day, this moment: “I have set before you life and death. Now choose life.”
These words hearten us to continue, to follow the One who brings water to the desert, light to the darkness and life where there was death. We are still early in these Lenten days. There is much yet to see and to learn. There is much yet for the Spirit to still speak. Let us step out into the mystery and wonder of what is yet, what is next for all God’s daughters and sons.
Prayer: Holy God you are our compass in the desert. Forgive us when we wander off and lose our focus. Have mercy on us, we pray when we grow weary and become discouraged. God of life, we renew our spirits to following you this day. We choose life. We choose the grace of your abundant blessing. We pray with thankful hearts, Amen.
Working as a Hospice Chaplain, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.