Throughout the Lenten Journey, one the daily devotionals per week comes from the ReForming Spiritual Reflections. You can find more and download your copy on our website.
BEGIN BY FINDING A QUIET PLACE.
Begin by finding a quiet place where you can settle in a way that fosters deep peace and relaxation. Allow time for your mind to empty, your breathing to calm, and your spirit to open.
2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.
“We Are Pots” From ReForming Spiritual Reflections
When we think of ourselves as clay in God’s hands, we may naturally desire to be a well-turned pot or bowl that will reflect God’s creative handiwork. But often when we are pressed down and worn thin by the cares of the world, we end up feeling spoiled, not a desirable or holy product. However, the healing news is that God deeply desires to shape us into another vessel that is equally unique. Re-formed by God.
When you think of God as the potter in your life, what image or word comes to mind?
When have you despaired of ever being worthwhile or even willing to be part of God’s re-shaping because of being broken or marred or weak?
How has God gently and without judgment shaped you, re- formed you into the unique shape that God has chosen for you?
PRAYER. God, we are the work of your hands. Even when we feel broken and worn out, you are our creator and re-creator. Teach us to revel in the glory of our creation – our formation and re- formation – in your image. Each uniquely fashioned, each valued beyond price. Help us understand and appreciate how you have formed and are re-forming Colonial. We are grateful beyond words for the way you love us all. AMEN.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.