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Sobering Choice

Today’s Reflection

DEUTERONOMY puts a sobering choice before us: life or death? Moses tells the people of Israel what leads to life and what leads to death. We sense Moses’ urgency when he declares to the Israelites, “You shall not live long” (Deut. 30:18), indicating that their attention is needed now. Moses describes the meaning of life: living in the love of God, obeying God’s commandments, clinging to God, and dwelling in the Promised Land. Today, we find our Promised Land in a relationship of deep friendship with God.

—Trevor Hudson, Anthony Egan, SJ, and Russell Pollitt, SJ
Divine Friendship: Reflections for Lent

From page 12 of Divine Friendship: Reflections for Lent by Trevor Hudson, Anthony Egan, SJ, and Russell Pollitt, SJ. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How can you make Jesus a priority in your life today? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

… I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him …
—Deut 30:19-20

Prayer for the Week

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart.

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling February 13, 2019, 5:27 am

    My Sunday school taught me: read your Bible, pray ever day…

    Also, focusing on God!

    Blessings!

    Prayers for everyone here. May all be well and walking closely with God!

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling February 13, 2019, 5:36 am

      I meant Sunday school teachers taught me…

      • Louise Tallman February 13, 2019, 8:09 am

        Mary,
        Aren’t we blessed that we had an introduction to the Scriptures when we were young. I’m not sure I valued it at the time but it gave me a great basis from which to grow spiritually. Peace to all who read this today.
        Louise

        • Mary Ng Shwu Ling February 13, 2019, 5:10 pm

          Indeed, we are so blessed, Louise!

          Blessings!

  • Julie February 13, 2019, 8:18 am

    I can put Him and His teachings into every decision and action of mine today. I can try to live a life that is pleasing to Him and shines His light to the world.
    Prayers for Mary and her family, Rusty and his family, April and her family, Lou and her family, Betsy and her family and Edy and her family.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich as God leads them to a new home. Prayers for Annaliese and pain relief.
    Prayers for Connie and her heart aches and for lifted spirits.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell and improved health.
    Prayers for Jill as she support Gloria and Larry. Prayers for larry as he supports Gloria. Prayers for Gloria and her serenity in soon uniting with her creator.
    Prayers for Marcy and her health and well being. She is in my heart.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs for each of the UR family on this snowy and very windy day

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