Chose life

         I have set before you life and death,
                  blessings and curses.
         Choose life
                  so that you and your descendants may live.

                           —Deuteronomy 30.19

         You have heard, “You shall not murder,”
         but I say if you are angry
         you are out of tune with God's mercy.

                           —Matthew 5.20-21

God me help to truly love:
to let go of getting my way,
to let go of being right,
let go of my agenda
even to be just and righteous,
to satisfy you...
and instead to love people,
to choose life— not for me
but for them.
Share with me your love
that I may live for others' sake
and all my choices be
for the sake of their life,
their deep and free and abundant life,
trusting that you have already chosen life for me.