Pulpit Reflections

Pulpit Reflections
And Job said: Naked came I out of my mother's womb and naked shall I return thither. (Job 1:21a)

But God said unto him, thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall these things be, which thou hast provided? (Luke 12:20)

What do you truly own? Really possess? What will you take with you when you depart this world? We need only to read the two verses of our devotional today to realize that we are merely stewards of God's creation � we never really own any of it. The real question should be � "What kind of legacy of your stewardship will you leave behind?"

That question always comes to my mind as I am called to the mortuary. The men have the work of cataloging the personal effects of each soldier brought into the mortuary. I have seen so many young soldiers brought into the mortuary unit and have composed a typical list of their effects:

1) $150 in US currency � all serial numbers are registered.

2) Two credit cards.

3) One phone card.

4) One military ID card.

5) One drivers license � state of origin is listed.

6) One set of dog tags.

7) Two pictures � one of parents � written on it "we love you son" � one of girlfriend � written on it "always yours."

8) One men's briefs (size regular).

9) One brown t-shirt (size regular).

10) One military blouse (size regular).

11) One pair military trousers (size regular).

12) One pair white socks (size 11-13).

13) One pair boots (DCU) (size 10R).

Except for the clothing all items are carefully cleaned, inventoried and then placed into a large envelope, signed for, put into a sealed plastic bag and put with the body before the bodybag is sealed and shipped out.

These are all the worldly possessions that the typical soldier carried. All his other "things" � his camera, boom-box, the rug by the side of his bed, his shaving kit and toiletry items and clothes will all be inventoried and packed. All these "worldly" items will be shipped home in two duffel bags.

A life so young � lost to his family, friends and community. Dreams and plans he had will never be realized.

Just as the crew finished the paperwork and preparations necessary to send the fallen soldier home, they always have me have a prayer for the soldier and the soldier's family. Last night they asked for a second prayer for themselves. Theirs is a grim task and they asked me to pray asking God that this soldier would be their last one.

So what are you planning for and praying for in your life tomorrow, next year, 10 years from now? Have you made facing God part of that plan? What will your legacy of stewardship be? What will your list read?

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