Broken Vessels

Do you ever think that when you go through hard times, you’re getting the best of what God has to give you? That’s crazy talk! But that’s exactly what Paul says in 2 Corinthians, chapter 4.   Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of the Bible, The Message says in verses 8b-12:

We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we've been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn't left our side; we've been thrown down, but we haven't broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us--trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us--he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus' sake, which makes Jesus' life all the more evident in us. While we're going through the worst, you're getting in on the best! [emphasis mine]
Wow – not exactly the Good News I hope for.


I pretty much want my life to be easy: no troubles, no problems, nothing standing in my way to perfection.  I’m looking for good hair days, winning lottery tickets, over-achieving children, no traffic and everything I want to be 75% off.  But life isn’t a fairy tale and from experience I know that things don’t always turn out well and I am rarely the perfect person I think I ought to be.

So, what’s a broken, lacking, inadequate person to do?  

Can I remember that God uses imperfections and cracks to shine through?

“The great mystery of God's love is that we are not asked to live as if we are not hurting, as if we are not broken. In fact, we are invited to recognize our brokenness as a brokenness in which we can come in touch with the unique way that God loves us. The great invitation is to live your brokenness under the blessing. I cannot take people's brokenness away and people cannot take my brokenness away. But how do you live in your brokenness? Do you live your brokenness under the blessing or under the curse? The great call of Jesus is to put your brokenness under the blessing.” Henri Nouwen

But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own. 2 Cor 4:7

May you find that God fills your brokenness and that Love might shine through your cracks to reveal the Good News that is ours through our brother, our friend, our Savior – Jesus.


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