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I went to an estate sale last week. I seldom attend one of these, except this one happened to be in the home of a long-time friend and colleague. I made it OK through the living room, even though I had to see the couch and chairs where my wife and I last visited with this couple, prior to his death. Then I safely navigated the den, kitchen, patio, dining room, bedrooms, even closets, until I found his office. That is where I lost it. There was so much in that room that reminded me of him, things that he treasured, and objects that he had kept. But none of it went with him when he died. I left thinking of my own offices – home and campus – books, file cabinets, pictures, collected stuff from years of global travel and ministry, only meaningful to me. When I am gone, it will all be separated and disbursed. Some will find its way into the possession of folks who will treasure it, other possessions will be discarded. Following my visit, I had two thoughts: (1) Possessions are only bad when they possess you, and (2) “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2). My friend was a perfect example of this balance. Join me in enjoying our possessions, while praying that our minds remained prioritized on things above.

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Comment by Malva Birch on August 30, 2020 at 6:03pm

Lord Jesus, I remember that day when I stepped into my dear father in law's room after he died. I saw his most prized possessions - his Bible and the pocket knife that he always carried with him, convinced trhat he would need it for something. I realized he was really gone. But I also realized that he didn't need anything any more. He was free to leave all behind, even his Bible, because he was now living with the Living Word Himself. 

Lord, thank You that the sadness passed over time, and his prayers for us are still answered by You today. His lasting legacy is his faith in You and his faithfulness to You until the end, in spite of all the tests he had to endure. 

Please help all who mourn. Thank You for Your Presence. 

Thank You for blessing us with possessions and thank You that the time will come when we won't need them any more either, for You have prepared a place for us in the House of our Heavenly Father.

Amen.

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