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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also

Catholic Church of All Saints, Ashover, Derbyshire*
This from Sacred Space;
Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12: 32-34
"Some of this is ancient, natural wisdom. The Romans compared money to seawater: the more you drink, the thirstier you become. Your message, Lord, is not about insulating my heart against the shock of loss, but about treasuring what will last beyond this world, the love of you and of your kingdom. It is about extending love, not limiting it to what is perishable."
*As this church was built before 1536, it is of course Catholic, temporarily under the guardianship of the Church of England.

2 comments:

April said...

Extraordinary and beautiful, as always. Extraordinarily beautiful.

Steve said...

Not long after my father had passed, my mother was sleeping and was wakened by what felt like a kiss on her cheek. She opened her eyes and saw my father kneeling beside her and smiling at her. He faded away like a mist. As she tearfully told me about this I was struck by the thought that it happened on St. Valentines's day.

I think about my father every day and wish that I could hug him once more. One night recently, I had a vivid dream that we were together and hugging each other and that feeling of happiness has stayed with me after waking.

I read somewhere on the web that "the only thing you take with you is the love you leave behind".

I hope I haven't rambled too much-- the excessive heat here is making us crazy. Your writing and photos seem cooling and soothing.