Today is Thursday the 6th of March, in the season of Lent.

It is the Spirit of love who gives life. God is the source of all life, the one in whom we live and move and have our being.  As I look around me now, at the people around me, the “Spirit of love” may not be easy to see, but, if I try, can I sense God’s presence?  Can I sense God’s Holy Spirit here?  In these people?  In me?

Today’s reading is from the book of Deuteronomy.

“It’s not a matter of life and death” we sometimes say.  But this reading seems to be telling us that we have choices to make in our lives – perhaps many times, perhaps every day – where we are ultimately choosing between life and death:  Death, when I act out of anger or vengeance or hate, when I ignore, neglect, dismiss the needs of others, when I lie or cover up or avoid the truth;  Life when I do what I know to be right, even if it costs me, when I care and nurture and support, when I speak the truth in love.  Can I think of choices that I have made, or that I have yet to make – perhaps choices I will make today – that give life or take it away?

What, for me, are the ‘other gods’ this passage talks about, the ‘other gods’ in my life that I might be tempted to bow down and serve? … the gods who lead me away from the path of life?

As I listen to the passage again, and hear these words, do they bring to mind any choices I face in my life?

God is not indifferent.  God does not say, “it’s up to you, do what you like… whatever”.  God appeals to me to choose life.  I can be a life-giver, co-operating in the life-giving work of God.  Does that prospect appeal to me?  Is that what I want to do, what I want to be?   If it is, can I make that desire my prayer to God today?