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....your heart will be also. While sifting through the wreckage of our burned garage on 6/4/02, I ran across this tshirt of mine. In case you can't read it, the top reads, "He loves me. He loves me not." I thought it interesting how this turned out.

BTW, after I took this photo, I hung it up on a nearby bush while I continued working. About a minute after I hung it up, the devil half of the tshirt tore off, and fell from the bush into a crumpled heap on the ground, leaving only the Jesus half. I found it to be a poignant reminder on how God always remains faithful, and that He will hold us in His arms long after our earthly possessions have faded away.

I thought I'd add another comment. Besides what I already wrote, I found our pastor's sermon of the Sunday before to be particularly timely as well. The Gospel reading for that Sunday was Christ speaking of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31). Part of the sermon focused on how the rich man had made his riches and his possessions more important than God. He put his faith in things that do not last, and brought to himself eternal separation from God. As I was scraping away the charred, smelly pieces of melted plastic and ash to throw on the growing junk heap, I realized that I was not upset by losing a garage full of my possessions. These things were not my god. God is my God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He richly and daily sustains me, and gives me what I need. Whether I die a wealthy man or a pauper, I will die someday. I know through faith in Jesus' saving work that I will be in heaven through the grace of God, by His Holy Spirit working in me. These "things" that I have in this earthly pilgrimage are those things that God has provided for me, and are to be used for His glory.

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