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Mending Broken Pots

By Don Loftis | 04.26.17

Ken Stegall tells of watching a documentary about four Jewish men who suffered through four years in a Nazi concentration camp.  He was amazed at their calmness, as they toured the old camp with the reporter.  Equally amazing was their obvious lack of bitterness.  Somehow they had come to forgive and move on.  One of their wives said of her husband, “He is like a piece of pottery that was broken and glued back together.”


Most of us will never face the horrors of Auschwitz, but we certainly experience hurts and losses throughout our lives.  Natural disasters, painful diseases, deaths of friends and family, and brutal critics all impact our lives.  These things can even seemingly break us into pieces.


Through the voice of the prophet Jeremiah, God compared Himself to a potter working with a lump of clay.  At times that lump can be marred, but rather than throwing it away, He begins afresh and reshapes it.  God does not give up on those He has created.  His mercy and love can offer new life and strength for the daily grind.


Mother Goose said, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.  All the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not put Humpty together again.”  I am glad that we are more resilient than a large egg, and that God is more powerful than the king’s men.  Our God is able to restore us to usefulness and joy after divorce, failure, disappointment and tragedy.  That is true, IF we let Him have His way with us!



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