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DayBreaks for 4/02/15: Strong, or Broken?What kid doesn’t love to splash in a mud puddle? Do you remember the squeal of delight as the wet, dirt-filled explosion splattered all over you? For how many of us was our first “culinary” experience creating mud pies – artfully decorated mud balls, frosted and festooned with leaves, grass, and weeds?
But for most of us the love of mud quickly fades as we grow up. The biggest “tell” for this dirt aversion — have you ever gotten invited by a friend to come and spend an evening at their “pottery class?” Have you ever accepted? Yeah. We really don’t like mud any more after a certain age.
Except. If you ever saw the weird, but romantic, classic movie “Ghost.” Demi Moore plays an artist. She sculpts, she paints, she works with clay. When her sweetheart, played by Patrick Swayze, joins her at the potter’s wheel while she is creating a new piece of art, the loving relationship between the clay and the artist is much more than making mud pies. The spinning, shape-shifting clay becomes a celebration of their life and the love they share.
Being a Christian is not a “something-to-do-on-Thursday-night” pottery class. Being a Christian means being the product of a lifelong creative process that is fueled by divine love and the Christ-formation in us of commitment, compassion, and sacrifice. The most miraculous culmination of that potter’s wheel process is seen during this week in the final glorification of Jesus. The message Jesus offers, as he entered into Jerusalem and into the final phase of his earthly ministry, is all about being strong — even as the world sees Jesus as being broken.
PRAYER: I am in awe of what You did on this week so long ago even as I am aware that Your power has not faded. Thank You for not letting us remain useless lumps of clay, but of doing your molding work in us until we come to resemble something that looks like You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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