Instagram post by @readlearnlife Blake Penland

It's super late and I need to sleep, but all I can do is think about my dad's safe that was scorched in the Carr Fire in Redding, California. My dad past away from cancer a few years ago, and my bro @cmercill had been keeping my dad's safe in his garage ever since. But his house was destroyed in the Carr Fire, along with the safe. I feel so terrible for him and his family of 4 kids. We are trying any way we can to help them get back on their feet, and our church here in Australia is supporting them in prayer non-stop.

All the tangible memories I had left of my dad were in that safe. I remember back in 1992, our family's house burned down in the Fountain Fire, a wildfire in Northern California. We drove back after the fire was finally put out, and all that was left of the house was a puddle of metal that used to be another gun safe and there were bent, twisted, gun barrels sticking out in every direction like a metal sculpture of a water fountain.

Multiple times in my life now, fires have devoured my belongings, my possessions, and even some of my memories. And though I am sad, I am not defeated. I am looking forward to the time when no more houses will be destroyed, no more cancer will take loved ones away, and memories will last forever with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In the next few days the safe specialist team will open the safe to see if anything survived this fire inside the safe. And while I hope something remains, I am grateful that my family made it out of the Carr Fire alive and thankful they are still with us. Please pray for the families who have lost loved ones in the Carr Fire and for the fire fighters who bravely fought and died to save others.
Store up your treasures in heaven where fire cannot destroy them. Make things right with your loved ones, forgive them and love them. Tell them you care. And get your house in order because, whether you like it or not, Jesus is coming back.
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