This morning as I spent time with the Lord, I looked at our living room. We’ve recently purchased new furniture, as you might remember from my previous post from July 5th, and I was thinking how nice it looked.
Then my eyes fell on our more than 24-year-old coffee table in the midst of all our new furniture. Battered and well worn, it certainly looked out of place. We had looked at new ones, but none of them seemed right. After we got all the new furniture in place, we put our aged coffee table in the middle of the room and it seemed to be just the perfect choice, except for the color. We decided Dan and Eric would refinish it in a darker color to better match our new end tables. Getting this done has not been high-priority, so it remains, looking very miss-matched.
I love that old coffee table. It was given to me when I was still single and couldn’t afford furniture, so it’s been with me for almost as long as I can remember. Over the years it’s served many purposes, but the one that came to mind that morning was the many times our family has knelt around it to pray. It was the perfect height when our children were younger and they could rest their little elbows on it, or even lay their heads down as they listened to us pray and then offered up their innocent, child-like prayers. This is where each of them learned how to pray as they followed Mom and Dad’s example.
No wonder it holds a special place in my heart. To me, it no longer looked old and battered, but like an altar, a unique treasure that holds countless precious memories.
I was reminded of the Scripture in Luke 2:19. After the shepherd’s visit, Mary’s thoughts are expressed like this: “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
What are you treasuring in your heart today? Please share with me by leaving a comment.
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