Curses and blessings

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

The people of Israel stand on the threshold of their inheritance, the land of promise. The long-awaited day of glory has come; it’s time to remember their story, their failures and, most important, their deal with God.

We’ve all played out this scene with our families and friends. I’ve heard my sister-in-law say to her children before they embark on special opportunities or challenges: “Remember your baptism!” I’m sure she said the same thing to her two oldest boys before they deployed as marines to Iraq and Afghanistan. When we talk to our kids, my wife and I often contribute hints of threat, consequence and potential reward to the script. “This is a unique privilege—the kind that doesn’t come around every day. . . . Don’t expect every day to be like today. . . . Opportunities come to those who can handle responsibilities.”


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