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(from a sermon preached Sun, Feb 12 on the text Deuteronomy 30:15-20.)
When I first read this passage, I thought, “Geez, Moses, when you put it like that, who WOULDN’T choose life and good and prosperity and blessings?! It’s a no-brainer, right?”
Easy peasy. We would choose life every time.
Or would we?
What if we thought of death a little differently? What if, as one writer proposes, we think of death as “a slow process of giving ourselves to what does not matter”?
How many times a day, without even consciously thinking about it, do we give ourselves to what does not matter, to what is temporary, to what is earthly; how many times a day do we give ourselves to unrighteous anger, to petty selfishness, to bickering, to holding a grudge, to the frantic pace of life rushing past us, to greed, to the desire to get ahead or get revenge, to despair or to hopelessness.
 Feasting on the Word, Younger, p. 341.
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