The big news in Soldotna today is the loss of the DQ. Yes, the local Dairy Queen was on fire yesterday morning. According to the news reports, the fire gutted the entire building; both the Dairy Queen and fudge & gift shop are boarded up. The owners are calling it a ‘total loss’.
At our VBS last week, one little girl was up visiting family from Minot, North Dakota. While she was here, flood waters swept through her hometown. One morning, this little girl saw here elementary school on the national news – submerged under water. Her parents had to evacuate their house as the flood waters came in. Most of the town is now a federal disaster area – a ‘total loss’.
The owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers recently filed for bankruptcy protection. In the middle of a nasty divorce, he may be forced to sell the team, which may be worth over $1 billion, to pay other bills. Analysts are calling his investment in the baseball team a ‘total loss”.
We had a funeral here at the Chapel today. As with most funerals, it was a formal (well, Alaskan formalJ) occasion. However, it was not a solemn, sad affair as some funerals are. Yes, the room was filled with people who were sad at being separated from their friend and loved one. They knew, though, that the separation – this ‘loss’ of something more important than money, houses, schools, businesses and such – isn’t forever. This separation will only be temporary, praise God, and that all believers will see each other again in a much, much better Place. Thanks to the life, dearth and resurrection of Jesus Christ, this is not a ‘total loss’, just a temporary separation.
Matthew 6:19-20 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.