"Don't store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value, and are safe from thieves. If your profits are in heaven your heart will be there too. "

Matthew 6: 19-21

Agnes Wee is from Singapore. When she read about the fire at the iconic Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Agnes was stunned. The main building of the 500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site burned to ashes in the early hours of October 31, 2019. Agnes and her family had just visited the castle for their vacation in 2018. The magnificent structure was an important landmark of Okinawa's Ryukyu kingdom, and many of the local residents were devastated by the destruction of the castle.

Though Agnes felt sad that such an important historical site had been destroyed in an overnight fire, today's reading came to mind. No matter how much wealth or how many assets we have, they do not last forever. It is more important to build treasures of faith. They cannot be taken away from us, and today's quoted verse reminds us that our treasures reflect what is in our hearts.

Matthew 6:21 is especially comforting in challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare workers fight valiantly to save lives, and many people are finding ways to help however they can. These people are building treasures that will forever be imprinted om the minds and hearts of many.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the reminder that we are just stewards of our earthly possessions, while the treasures we build in our hearts are eternal, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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