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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

The Word is near

And the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

“Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe. ~ Deuteronomy 30:9-14

The "Word" of God means a lot of things.

It is a name for Jesus. It is a name for scripture itself. And it is a name for the commandments.

I think we sometimes get caught up with the idea of the commandments being rules, that we forget they are meant to be a gift.

Something meant to be kept close to our hearts and deep in our souls.

Something that brings us closer to God.

Have you ever felt like the law is a gift? That maybe it brings about balance and hope and justice and even freedom?

A gift that builds community and defines relationship.

A gift that frees us from self-interest.

A gift that is meant to draw us closer to God and closer to each other.

Write your Word on my heart, Lord, that I might enjoy the freedom of this gift of life. Amen

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