Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jeremiah & the potter (RCL reading for September 8th, 2013)

A thoughtful and hopeful reflection on Jeremiah 18:1-12 - and a word of encouragement to those offering diaconal ministry in challenging contexts.

The potter shaped clay as God sought to shape Israel:
but they said, "No use!"

The potter's wheel
turning, turning, turning;
centred clay shaped by the potter's hand
and water in small degree:
shaping, shaping, shaping,
creating a new thing of use and beauty.

In a moment the clay resists
spoiling, spoiling, spoiling,
the effort of the potter's hand.
Yet just as sudden work begins again,
building, building, building,
to reshape and bring to worth a creation altogether new.

Intention, love, free will, creativity:

The prophet saw love amid his nation's bleak future:
intending yet reticent evil sitting with yearning and hope
for a fruitful, faithful people.
            © Jeff Shrowder, 2013.

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