Benedictine, choose life, death, Deuteronomy, Helen Keller, life, Moses, Sister Helen Kelly, The Sophia Center for Spirituality
Today we hear Moses (DT 30:15-20) telling the people that God has set before them a choice between life and death, blessing and curse. He urges them to “Choose life!” obeying the commandments, loving God and walking in God’s ways. Whenever I hear those two words, “Choose life” (even as a wedding toast), a tape plays in my head of a long-remembered verse that I don’t see in the Scriptures but don’t know where else I would have learned it. This morning I determined to find out and was successful because another blogger, a Benedictine Sister, used it in her message this morning. She said the author was Sister Helen Kelly. A google search was unsuccessful but I found many references to Helen Keller – a person renowned for her ability and willingness to choose life. But back to my point…
I bow to Sister Helen Kelly for her advice on how to truly choose life and share it with you as my best thought for the day so far. She writes: Choose life, only this and always and at whatever risk. To let life leak out, to let it wear away by the mere passage of time, to withhold giving it and spending it is to choose nothing.