Itâ€™s breakfast time.
Oatmeal or granola? Sourdough toast or a bagel with cream cheese?
Since itâ€™s winter, my favorite choiceâ€”and I love to contemplate this while thinking of friends in frigid Nebraska or icy Wisconsinâ€”involves sauntering a few steps from my kitchen. Should I drink OJ from the supermarket or head outside to determine which oranges are ripe on our backyard trees? After grabbing a few, Iâ€™d then squeeze dee-licioius citrus nectar into a glass!
Choices for each person are more bountiful than the hairs on our head, the sand on the beach, the stars in the sky, or other clichÃ©s I could keep using. Tree-ripened or store-bought? Leaded or unleaded? Arise or punch the snooze button? Peets or Starbucks? Packers or Steelers?
The 6th Sunday of Epiphany â€“ for February 13, 2011
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live . . . (Deuteronomy 30:19)
â€œI have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life,â€ Deuteronomy declares, blatantly speaking for the Holy with ancient words that are as fresh as the oranges dangling from my tree. Life or death . . . choose!
If only choices were that simple.
In 2010, Hurt Locker received the Best Picture Oscar. Though it holds the dubious reputation of being the least seen of any Best Picture, I believe it deserved the award. Of its many startling scenes (and Iâ€™m not spoiling the story for the zillions of you who didnâ€™t see director Kathryn Bigelowâ€™s flick), one that still lingers a year later comes toward the end. William Jamesâ€”actor Jeremy Rennerâ€”home from war, home from disarming bombs on the streets of Baghdad, goes shopping in a local supermarket. For long, long seconds, James stands in an aisle, surrounded by breakfast cereal. I set before you life and death. Choose: Cheerios or Capâ€™n Crunch or . . .? Continue reading →