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“As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return; to go as he came.  And he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand.”  (Ecclesiastes 5:15, NKJV)

Two things survive us: What we do for others; and what we do for the Lord God.

Ecclesiastes reminds us of the fact that we entered this world with empty hands, and that we shall leave it in the same way.  In the interim, much passes through our hands: Money, opportunities to lend assistance to others, occasions to bless with a written word of encouragement, the embraces of forgiveness.

What have we done this week that will survive us?

Today will offer again many opportunities “to store up for ourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt; and where thieves do not break through and steal.” Act boldly for the sake of the kingdom (rule) of God!  – Luther

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“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”  (2 Corinthians 4:7, NIV)

I arrived at home one day to the lovely scent of one of my wife’s favorite perfumes.  My wife wasn’t at home at the time, so I figured that I had just missed her by a matter of minutes.

When she returned some time later, she told me that she had accidentally knocked the glass perfume bottle to the bathroom’s tile floor, thereby “liberating” its contents.

As Paul reminds us in today’s scripture, we are like that perfume bottle: Fragile, but filled with the spirit of God. The perfume bottle’s purpose is to serve as a container of the fragrant treasure that, by its nature, changes the character of its environment whenever it is “liberated” — whether by plan or by “accident.”

As we continue through the Lenten season, remember that we are dust; clay; ashes; a tent.  But also remember that the spirit of almighty God from within us, and through us, changes the character of whatever environment, or circumstance, we encounter. Our fragile frame reminds us that the power is of God, not of ourselves.     – Luther

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