One of the not-so-wonderful tasks that follow a “total loss” (one of our new insurance terms) is itemizing every object that existed in our home the moment before it went up in flames. It’s called taking inventory.
Jesus said that a person’s life does not consist of the abundance of their possessions (Luke 12:15). I can attest that this is true. After having lost almost everything, do you know what our hearts miss most?
- Anything that reminds us of my mom (who died back in ’99) —gifts or furniture she gave us, Christmas ornaments she made or bought for us
- Furniture and “vintage items” given to us by grandparents, family, and friends
- Reminders of good times long past—scrapbooks, yearbooks and memorabilia of high school and college
- Items that reminds us of God’s faithfulness or lessons learned—pictures from early mission trips, the picture album Pam made me, artifacts from ministry trips around the country and the world