Sometimes scripture gives us stark choices. In today's first reading from Deut 30, Moses puts it bluntly to the people; Choose either to follow God's law and be happy or go against his law and bear the consequences. Often we forget that the choice facing us is that simple. Moses even says, "I set before you life or death, blessing or curse." It doesn't come any more direct than that. Lent is designed with this in mind. It is the time set aside by the church for us to reflect upon our chices. Not a bad idea!