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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Treasures On Earth

Many of us are shoppers and collectors; valuing antiques, fashion, art and beautiful remembrances of our life's journey.  We protect these items and place them in storage, wear them, or display them in prominent places to be admired.  There is something exciting to know that these special items have a monitory and public appeal and they belong to us!

The world and our own countries have been experiencing severe weather with widespread destruction.  The survivors do not have to worry about irreplaceable items; they are concerned about whether their family, friends, neighbors, community and county have survived the fear and chaos of the loss of everything they own. Who has died, who has been injured, who is homeless, who has no clean water or food, who has an unknown future?  

Jesus, in the sermon on the mount, stated: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth! For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also!"  Our hearts sometimes get stuck with our treasures on earth and forget that if we get our reward on earth we may lose our reward in heaven.

"What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?" Many of our politicians, leaders, family, neighbors, co-works, friends, and fellow human beings forget that this world and it's things are only temporary.  I remember the auctions, garage sales, estate sales that occurred after someone died.  All of those antique, coin, gun, and other collections were separated, sold inexpensively, given or thrown away. On the final journey, we go as we are born, with nothing but our soul to judgement.  God is merciful.  Have we been merciful in our lives to all of those we have come in contact with?  Have we used our resources to help others who are in need?  Have we loved God and others as we love ourselves?  How can we ask God to show mercy to us when we have not shown mercy to others?  Let us remember what is truly important in our lives!

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