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God Forms Us

Today’s Reflection

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.
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Today’s Question

What broken place is God working with within you?

Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

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

This Week: pray for those seeking employment. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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  • Jill October 31, 2012, 3:18 am

    Oh, indeed – this has turned in to quite a long term project – this current “transformation”. I continue to keep reaching back and pulling bitterness, pain, selfishness back in – and He just does not allow for it. Everything comes to a screeching halt when I look back. But – yes – Father – thank You for always reaching to me and re-forming in Your patience. I know that You will not abandon the work of Your hands.

  • robert moeller October 31, 2012, 4:30 am

    Getting my relationships with my children right is an area where I still need help.

    Yes, Lord, I pray for those who have to deal with the aftermath of Sandy in any way.

    Help those seeking employment in every way needed.

    Thank you Lord for being with us always. I’m very thankful that I have none other than the creator of everything as someone I can truly trust.
    Amen and Amen.

  • heidi October 31, 2012, 8:53 am

    Broken trust.

    Places where I allowed myself to be deeply wounded.

    Still, the healing salve is poured on, like oil dripping down the beard of Aaron.

    And still, so much work to be done. It is always, for each of us, a lifelong journey. But the only thing we can do is take the next step.

    Even when we are clueless what that next step might be.

  • Jay October 31, 2012, 11:40 am

    Father, you know I need more patience with my children. Give me wisdom and patience to handle parenting struggles.

  • Buzz October 31, 2012, 12:35 pm

    Almighty God,
    Grant me wisdom to repair the brokenness of the relationship with my children. Where they won’t allow building a relationship, grant me peace to know that I no longer have the option to repair this relationship.

  • Juliette October 31, 2012, 7:44 pm


    I pray the same prayer as you. Only through God and by the grace of God can these relationship be healed. We are in prayer for this healing as you are.

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