I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life… Deuteronomy 30:19

You have set before us choice, Adonai.IMG_0030
And the power to choose.
And the commandment to choose to life.

Grant us the willingness to choose life, today and always.
And by life we mean all of it –
breath and strength,
trees and tools,
joy and justice,
grief and celebration,
renewal and desire,
sabbath and work,
the light and the dark,
relationship and solitude,
and You, always You.


Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.

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