First Day of Spring!

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When I take the kids to an amusement park or crowded place- even though they are teenagers- I give them specific directions: “Keep the volume on your phone on high”, “When I call I expect you to answer”, “No one goes alone”, “Don’t talk to strangers”, “Don’t eat or drink anything anyone else gives you”, “Watch out for those with you”, “Don’t get distracted.“, “If all else fails, yell really loud!”. And then, of course, “If you don’t do this stuff you will be in SO much trouble when you get home!” I am still shouting directions as they are racing through the entrance, throwing me an obligatory wave. I send them off, wish them well, and hope that they remember the things they have been learning along the way.

A few weeks ago I was reading Deuteronomy. I love how Moses carefully recounts the journey of the Chil- dren of Israel across the great desert. So, here they are: Sitting just east of the Jordan River, waiting to go into the land promised them, and Moses says, “I have a few things to say to you before you go.”

Moses must have felt like a “Dad” or “Mom” in this situation. He has charmed, chastised and comforted these people for 40 years.

In his final opportunity to speak last minute instructions, Moses meticulously details all the faith places, the disobedience places, the miracle places of the journey. Toward the end of Deuteronomy, Moses is calling them to commitment. He is urging them to keep the Covenant. He is directing them to remember all they have learned (many times the hard way) and be faithful to their Covenant above all else.

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and in- crease, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” Deuteronomy 30:16

In the next verse, Moses gives them the lecture equivalent to “But here is what will happen if you don’t follow the directions!”.

“But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.” Deuteronomy 30:17-19

Then, the challenge and promise: “……I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

It is a reminder to us as Children of God in this day, to choose life. Will we keep the commandments given to us by a loving Father? Will we remain faithful to the sacred Covenant we have made with him? Will we com- mit to love the Lord with heart and soul, to listen to his voice? Say YES. And, “hold fast to him.”

I can’t wait to see you on Sunday when the “family” gathers. Pastor Danene