Scripture:

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21

Meditation:

There is nothing wrong with acquiring things in this life and keeping them for a long time.  I own two pairs of shoes, one for weekdays and one for Sunday.  I kept my mother’s wedding ring to give to my great granddaughter someday.  I have an old grandfather’s clock in my house that once stood in my grandparents’ home.  It doesn’t run anymore, but it reminds me of them.  Collecting treasures on earth is okay as long as we remember that “there are no moving vans on the highway to heaven.”  Most of our treasures must be left behind when we journey on to God’s Kingdom.  It is wise, therefore, to store some treasures in heaven to be enjoyed when we get there—like the nicest thing anyone ever said to us, or some pearl of wisdom from a grandmother, or the sentiment inside a card we sent to a friend struggling with cancer, or the first prayer we ever whispered, or the name of the person we were especially thankful for the day we turned 18 or 80.

This passage from Matthew might easily read: “Don’t forget to store up treasures in heaven, for where your best treasures are, there your heart will be also.”

Prayer:

Lord, during Lent help us to become aware of the treasures we have stored in our spiritual cupboard in heaven.  AMEN

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