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Thursday, April 29, 2010

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We all need to go to The Potter ...often.


     Earthen ware vessels, having passed through the rough, uncaring hands of the world...often acquire 'chips'. With continued carless handling, those chips lead to 'cracks' and...eventually...  the cracks begin to 'leak'.

     The Potter takes a stiff, marred vessel that is in this condition and 'repairs' it. The vessel, very sure of its ability to cope, goes back into the hands of the hard world and is used in the same demeaning manner. And begins to leak. Once more, The Potter reaches and repairs the still rigid vessel which, unconvinced of its 'frailities', returns to the hungry, waiting hands of the world. This time, cruel and subjective handling is inflicted upon much so...that it is almost entirely destroyed and now, along with the chips and the cracks...the leak...has become a gaping hole. 

     The vessel, now 'pliable', seeks... and finds its way back into the waiting hands of The Potter, who does not repair...but breaks it completely...making it over again.

     Brand new and reinforced, the vessel goes back into the world, however, now it has been 'fortified' by The Potter with 'new' materials that makes it not 'easily' broken. And it has grown wise...for it is when the 'first' chip appears (however minute it may appear to be) that it hastens to the Potter's House.

     Yes, the earthen ware vessel has learned a hard lesson, but it now knows and readily accepts...that as long as it will always 'need'...The Potter.


                        THE END


Jer 18:1-6

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Reviewed by Dr. Dorothy Holtslander 10/3/2011
Oh to be used by Him! To be that vessel He crafted us to be.
Life is so much easier when we "Let go and let God".
We are so very blessed to be molded by the Potter's Hand!
his Blessings,
Reviewed by J Howard 9/10/2011
beautiful. when i visit congregations to recruit foster parents, often i use an interactive exercise with clay and describe OUR opportunity be to the hands of "The Potter" and shape the outcome of a child....your story reminds me the importance of how we all take shape!
Reviewed by Shelby Zmudzinski 6/11/2011
So amazing!
I know I always feel lost in the cruel stage!
This is amazing, and written with so much heart. Thank you for writing it.

Shelby Z.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/8/2010
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 6/7/2010
I believe I need The Potter. Uplifting and inspiring story, well told, Joyce. Your words carry in your readers heart and lend a bit of needed comfort. Thank you for sharing ~ Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 4/30/2010
Wisely stated. I love the picture and the caption, "I'm just a work in progress." Your story symbolizes that indeed, we are all children of challenge--and error. Those chips in our tender armor are but tokens of the trial and error attempts we've made down the road of life--and as we make them we need a strong supporter to guide us: symbolically, the potter.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/30/2010
The art of molding, the thought, the will and the end's result, all wrapped in a lovely parable.


Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 4/29/2010
Excellent parable Joyce. Wise words of wisdom with much meaning...Love...M
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/29/2010
Thank you for sharing this meaningful metaphorical account, Joyce. I appreciate your perspective. Love and blessings to you,

Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/29/2010
Beautifully done, Joyce.
Reviewed by Ann Marquette 4/29/2010
A lovely version from you of this story in the bible.

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