Have you ever tried to make pottery? Aside from some early adolescent experiences at Camp Bethelwoods, I’ve only tried it once. It was a couple years ago when Amy and I went on a date to a local pottery studio. I thought I wanted to make a nice mug, but it turns out that’s not on the approved list for beginners. In fact, it turns out the whole thing is harder than I imagined. Amy did pretty well with her piece, but my little bowl was a disaster.
I tell you the story because this week at our in-person Daily Prayer services (Tuesday at noon and Wednesday at 6:00), we’re reading one of my favorite passages from the Old Testament, Jeremiah 18.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
It brings me great comfort to think that I am resting in God’s hands, and he is at work to mold me according to his will. My job is to remain still and moldable.
Yours with Love,
PS If you haven’t joined us for Daily Prayer in the sanctuary, you are invited. We’ve created a Covid-safe environment, and it will be good to see you. You may also view previous services on the Westminster website.