Shaped Anew


“So I went down to the potter’s house and I saw him working at the wheel.  But the pot he was shaping from clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.  Then the word of the Lord came to me:  “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?”  says the Lord.  “Like clay in the hands of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”  Jeremiah 18:3-6

So few things in our world are a given.  Most of what we encounter daily is not steady.  Every day we see changes in political strategies, technology, even our social customs such as, the newest healthy food choices to decorating ideas. Clothing styles, I no longer have teenage daughters to keep me on top of all this.  Changes every year, every day, our life is changing.

Even human love seems to change.  Losing a loved one can makes us feel wounded and abandoned.  Lonely is probably a better word.  This past year I’ve watched those closest to me deal with the pain of loss.  I’ve seen how grief and joy are intermingled.  They both invoke in us deep feelings.  We experience grief when our hearts break. When grief comes with the heartfelt acknowledgement of what we appreciate most, joy is there as well.  With joy life starts again.  Even when we acknowledge that life is fragile.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

Some things never change.  Christ love.  We always fall into safe arms, in spite of our circumstances.  Sudden joy can shine through even the darkest of suffering.  We belong to something much greater than the violence we see around us, the negativity of the news we can’t seem to escape.  We are born to love and need one another.    I’m so grateful for the people present and past God has put in my life.  We as a family look forward to the blessing of a new grandchild in July, the gift of life and the mystery of unlimited possibilities this come year.

Living Christ,
It’s easy to see loss and suffering as impossible obstacles, especially when I only look at the surface.  Help me to remember that you work beneath the surface in even the most hopeless looking situations.  Teach me to see the wonderful possibilities inside all things.  Teach me to deepen my sense of belonging in your creation, to be an instrument of change and peace for your world. Amen

Lois Autterson

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Rain wrote:
That's going to make things a lot esaeir from here on out.

Thu, April 11, 2013 @ 2:12 AM

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