WE ALL HAVE our broken places. Yes, sometimes we hide, gloss over, and deny their existence. But for every one of us there is a broken place. And that is where God works with us. …
We are strong at the broken places because God’s strength becomes visible in our weakness. The clay in the potter’s hand signifies that the potter is working, shaping, molding. God is the potter, and we are the clay. And through the events of our lives, God’s strength is made visible in our weakness. …
We are strong at the broken places because we know that God is not finished with us yet. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,” the Lord said to the prophet (Jeremiah 1:5). The word for “to form” in Hebrew is also the word potter. In other words, God formed us, and God is still forming us. God created us, but God is not finished with us. I love this comment attributed to John Newton: “I’m not what I ought to be. I’m not what I want to be. But thank God, I’m not what I used to be!”
- Kenneth H. Carter Jr.
“Pray for Me”
From pages 52-53 of “Pray for Me”: The Power in Praying for Others by Kenneth H. Carter Jr. Copyright © 2011 by Kenneth H. Carter Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
What broken place is God working with within you?
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.
Psalm 146:1-2, NRSV
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This week we remember Jude (October 28).
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