it was so beautiful once…
pretty, practical.
a tangible reminder of a friend from years ago.
And then, a moment’s carelessness –
and it is gone.
Until, I remembered the story of the cracked pots…
which still had a use.
so, a little glue…
a little patience.
It won’t be perfect…
but it will still be.

O sweet One – how like that pot are we!
Broken, damaged – by moments of carelessness; moments of rage; moments outwith our control.
Yet, still you love us
still you are able to use us.

Remind us, that it is not only the pot that breaks
but stubborn wills
hardened hearts

have mercy on your wayward children we pray
hear us
heal us
mend us
not so that we are perfect
but so that in our brokenness, we can still be your vessels


Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit

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