Posted by: Daniel Comstock | August 31, 2006

Choosing Life By Henri Nouwen

God says, “I am offering you life or death, blessing or
curse.  Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants
may live”   (Deuteronomy 30:19).

“Choose life.”  That’s God’s call for us, and there is not a
moment in which we do not have to make that choice.  Life
and death are always before us.  In our imaginations, our
thoughts, our words, our gestures, our actions … even in
our nonactions.  This choice for life starts in a deep
interior place.  Underneath very life-affirming behaviour I
can still harbour death-thoughts and death-feelings.  The
most important question is not “Do I kill?” but “Do I carry
a blessing in my heart or a curse?”   The bullet that kills
is only the final instrument of the hatred that began being
nurtured in the heart long before the gun was picked up.


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