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Spiritual Life: God’s love is jewel in our crown

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 November 2017

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An archaeologist wrote that when the ancient city of Pompeii was being excavated, the body of a woman was found mummified by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius.

Her position told a tragic story. Her feet pointed toward the city gate, but her outstretched arms and fingers were straining for something that lay behind her.

The treasure for which she was grasping was a bag of pearls.

The archaeologist said: “Though death was hard at her heels, and life was beckoning to her beyond the city gates, she could not shake off their spell. Her love for pearls was not even shaken by the eruption of Vesuvius.

“Something made her love pearls more than life. And it froze her in this attitude.”

We’ll never know what was really going in the mind of that woman. But I wonder what you or I would want to grab at the last minute before escaping from disaster?

What would those treasured objects say about us?

Jesus told a story about a trader looking for fine pearls.

When he found a particularly fine and valuable one, he sold everything he had in order to buy it.

Of course this wasn’t simply a story about jewellery! It was a parable, where Jesus was illustrating what the kingdom of heaven is like.

The priceless pearl is the good news of God’s saving love that Jesus was announcing and embodying.

It is worth giving up everything else to accept this offer.

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