This the correct Firestarter and reading for today; it was mis-posted last Saturday.
The word is very close to you.
It’s in your mouth and in your heart,
waiting for you to do it. Deuteronomy 30:14
Moses begins to bring his long speech to a close. He keeps his message very simple: “Choose life that you may live.”
But you might say, “Of course, I am choosing life everyday when I get up. I don’t want to choose death!” In some sense the choice between the two might be very clear, but still there are thoughts and actions that we do that can mean that we are making life greater, or making it less. Some thoughts have LIFE in them, while others have “death,” in the sense that they don’t tend to make life better, but worse. Criticism of others, thoughts of revenge and get back, keeping angers inside our hearts: these are the kinds of personal choices that we make that are towards death, rather than towards life. Keep an eye on your thoughts to see which way they go!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Thy word in my mouth and heart 30:14
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…