Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


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What We Treasure

How have you spent your morning?

I’ve spent mine praying.

“Thank you, Jesus for the thunder. Bring on the rain! Thank you, Jesus, for controlling the fires with the rain You sent. Send more!

“Thank you, Jesus, that no lives were lost in those atrocious fires. Be with those who lost their property. Those who lost their buildings. Their homes.

“Father, be with those who lost everything.  My heart breaks for them.”

I talked to so many people yesterday as we ran around town, getting ready for our monthly birthday party at work. Conversations were all about the fires. The people who’d had to pack up and leave their homes and most of what they owned behind.

Many I talked to said they couldn’t have done it. Others said they would have to take their pictures. (I totally understand that one! Of course, it would take an entire moving van to get all of mine, but I understand where they’re coming from.) Or the treasures they’d saved over the years.

One woman told of her friend who’d been evacuated, but went back to her home time and again for things she remembered and couldn’t live without. Happily, she had a home to go back to and was able to get out safely.

My sister, who works at one of the stores I hit in preparation for the party, gently reminded me (and the other woman who happened to be there) of the people in Joplin. They had almost no warning. No time to gather things to take with them. They were so lucky to get themselves and their children underground before the F-5 tornado wiped a clean path through their town.

They know how lucky they are to have their loved ones.

Brings a scripture to mind, doesn’t it?

Matthew 6:19-21– “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Donations of money and clothes are being taken for those who lost everything in the fires. Let me know if you’d like to donate and I’ll get the specifics for you.