Sunday, May 22, 2011

Safes Wash Up on Shores
Interesting theme God seems to be teaching me here...

The earthquake and tsunami disaster of March 11 is the most expensive natural disaster on record. But current figures don’t take into account individual losses from home-held cash savings washed away by the powerful waves.

There are no cars inside the parking garage at Ofunato Police Headquarters. Instead, hundreds of dented metal safes, swept out of homes and businesses by last month's tsunami, crowd the long rectangular building.

This will likely be true in many other towns and cities and the safes are likely to keep on coming every day.

A safe could hold someone's life savings.

The police are trying to find the owners of the safes washing up along the tsunami-battered coast - - a unique problem in a country where many people, especially the elderly, still stash their cash at home . There' s even a term for this hidden money in Japanese: "tansu yokin" or literally, 'wardrobe savings'.

As workers and residents pick through the wreckage, they are increasingly stumbling upon locked safes and cash.

Police departments, already stretched thin now face the growing task of managing lost wealth.

Identifying the owners of lost safes is hard enough, but it's nearly impossible when it comes to wads of cash being found in envelopes, unmarked bags, boxes and furniture.
Associated Press, T Hosaka, 2011-04-10

Possessions are here today and gone tomorrow! So let’s follow the sound advice of the Bible and invest in eternity!

Command those who are rich in this present world
not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain,
but to put their hope in God,
who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Command them to do good,
to be rich in good deeds,
and to be generous and willing to share.
In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves
as a firm foundation for the coming age,
so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life
(1 Tim. 6:17-19).

While we still have the opportunity, let’s be extravagantly generous! 
- By Neil Verwey

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