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Even life’s broken pieces may be recast


Even life’s broken pieces may be recast.

                And the vessel that he made of clay was marred

                in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another

                vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

                                ~Jeremiah 18:4~


In a clay pit in Jerusalem, in the valley between the upper and lower city,

Jeremiah saw a potter fashioning a lump of clay into a lovely form.  Just as

He was completing it, the work crumbled in the workman’s hands, and

some of the fragments fell to the ground.  He thought the potter would

let them go and begin with new clay, but he gathered the broken pieces

and began to make them over.  So God, although He had failed with His

people, would try again.  We have the same God.  If our lives are marred,

our ideals broken, and we are but the shattered bits of what we might

have been, we can have another chance.  We can be made over.


Thou, O God, art the potter; we, the clay.  Our disfigured failures we

bring to Thee. Make of them something beautiful and useful to Thee.  Amen

(Prayer and devotion by Walter Moore)


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How to be a good neighbor

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. Luke 10:33

The Good Samaritan was practical in his neighborliness. He used the homely remedies at hand for first aid and the donkey for transportation. He carried the injured man to an inn where there were facilities for his care. He nursed him for one night and then left him to the care of the innkeeper. He did not leave a fortune, but estimated what was needed. In the promise to pay the balance was the hint of an audit.  True neighborliness seeds practical means of doing needed service.


Dear God and Father of us all, we thank Thee for those who have been neighbors to us along life’s way. Enable us to keep their spirit alive in the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Devotional:  Excerpt from Courage and Confidence by Walter L. Moore