Who’d ever put treasure in frail jars of clay?
Come to us in our failure not strength,
Choose the weakest and least,
The discarded, not kings,
Recruit from the gutter for His family?
Who’d take objects of scorn:
Vile cross, crown of thorns,
And die to slay death,
Conquer hell, sin and grave?
Who’d pick children and slaves
The most frightened not brave,
Broken, outcasts, poor, lost,
As the ones He would save?
Only One ever did
Humblest King in our midst,
Calling sinners to Him
To be cleansed, made brand new;
Who took Love as His sword,
Fought to win us to God,
Loving Savior from heaven,
Jesus Christ, one true Lord!
“I have come to call not those who think they are righteous but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” Luke 5:32 (NLT)
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power belongs to God, and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)
© 2019 Karen DiProspero
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Psalm 139: 11&12
Today is Good Friday, the day on which we remember the crucifixion of Christ. Though it is a day filled with sorrow, it reminds us that even when it seems that death and defeat will be the last words, the light of God will break through. With God, light always overcomes darkness. With the light and love of God, we can overcome the darkness in our lives.
Dr. Michael Bos
Senior Minister, Marble Collegiate Church
What is Jesus dying for?
“Doesn’t anyone want to listen to my story?”
If we do listen,
If we do hear,
Our hearts break
at His sacrifice
at how disappointed
He must be
at how our deafness binds us.
If we do listen,
If we do hear,
Grace and courage might save us.
By Susan Ceely Phillips
This is a picture of my silhouette at West Lake in Hangzhou, China. For many, this is a place on their bucket list and is listed in the book, A 1,000 Places to see Before you Die. For many centuries, this lake has inspired a nation and many artists and poets have created masterworks with the beauty they found along the lake. The lake is sheltered by hills on three sides and has numerous pagodas, temples and spectacular gardens around the shoreline.
One Song Dynasty poet wrote:
‘Sunny water waves its glow,
Misty rain tricks the hill.
Plainly or gaily decked out like Xi Zi,
West Lake is always alluring.’
When I visited on a rather gloomy day, it looked like winter with barren trees and a mist in the air. But I felt an overwhelming feeling of God’s presence at West Lake. Even in winter there is beauty and peace to be found by all who visit. The birds chirped in song to remind me.
I know that spring will come soon and while I may only see the bare branches and the gray sky, God is at work. As the days warm, I know that those branches will be in bloom in just a matter of weeks.
It’s a matter of my perspective here on Earth. From God’s point of view looking down on Earth, the sky is always blue. I need to remember that my perspective is often limited.
Shared by Patricia Wu
Kintsugi: “The art of precious scars”
Kin = Golden
Tsugi = Joinery
I was doubly blest recently not only to have attended the Marble Women’s Retreat, but also to have shared that powerful weekend with my mother. She happens to be a talented quilter with a vision for truth. At the retreat, I had an opportunity to share my story, and I wanted to mention Kintsugi as the process we undergo as we move into our authenticity as women of God. I couldn’t remember the name Kintsugi, but when I described the process to her, she knew it immediately and gave me its name just in time for me to speak.
The very afternoon we returned from the retreat, she presented the above quilt that she had recently made for me as a gift. It had been waiting for me the entire weekend. I hadn’t known anything about it, but the power of it had taken hold long before I even knew it existed.
On the back of the quilt, she included a pieced-together definition of kintsugi from various sources:
“Japanese philosophy which says that broken pieces carefully repaired with lacquer and gold render the breaks beautiful and strong. There should be no attempt to disguise the damage because the repaired piece is now more beautiful than the original.”
Her own words continue, speaking a truth that, I truly believe, is meant for each and every one of us:
“In the process of repairing things that have broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient. You have repaired yourself in a deeply beautiful, prayerful and thoughtful way. You are stronger today than you have ever been. Your scars are truly beautiful and what you are today is a perfect example of ‘the art of precious scars.’”
Thank you, Mom.
Shared by Karla Hendrick
12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. Genesis 9:12-15
Shared by Patricia Wu