The loss of a home or possessions is often viewed as a materialistic loss, and we tend to minimize its significance and impact. What is often overlooked are the irreplaceable family heirloom-type items that are lost and the huge amount of time, effort, and money it will take to rebuild after a loss. A trunk full of baby clothes, a box of school memorabilia, photo albums and baby books are the kind of things no one or no amount of insurance can replace.
My mom lost her Good News Bible on an airplane. It was the first Bible she purchased when she became a Christian, and she had been studying and speaking out of it for over twenty years. It had all of her original markings she had written as she made spiritual discoveries for the first time. She said, "I've never studied and marked up the Bible the same way since I lost that Bible."
There are emotional connections to our things that make a dramatic impact on us if they are lost. I lost the onyx stone out of an antique ring my Grammy Littauer gave me. A few years later, the beautifully filigreed mounting was crushed. I looked in antique stores for twenty years before I found a ring that was similar. I now wear that ring almost every day as a precious reminder of my grandmother's love, even though it is not the same ring.
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Lord, You know what a major loss this is for ___________. The job before us seems overwhelming. We don't even know where to start. Help us to move forward, one day at a time, trusting You to supply all our needs. I want my friend, ___________, to know that I am here for the long haul. I will walk beside him/her as we begin to rebuild what has been lost. Father, You know the magnitude of this tragedy. You know all the special memories and family treasures that are gone. Bring comfort to __________'s heart. We rest in the knowledge that You care and are ever present in our lives. Amen
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