1 Samuel 16:7 ESV “…. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
It sits on an antique side table. We don’t know how old it is, this cookie jar I inherited from my husband’s mother. The brown mustard colored glaze is cracked with age. The hand painted crimson petals are now barely visible from a lifetime of wear. The lid, once broken, is streaked with silver threads of soldering glue. It’s not a beautiful piece of crock ware. But to my husband it is priceless. It holds memories of several generations of love. It still has value in our eyes.
As I look at that piece of cracked crock, I am reminded that I too am but a broken vessel, now made whole by my Heavenly Father. A broken vessel, streaked with silver threads of His promises, sins covered by crimson shades of Christ’s blood that was shed to make me whole again in the Father’s eyes. A vessel repurposed by His love and grace. A cracked crock faded with wear, chipped, but valued by my Heavenly Father…
… and so are you.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for repairing this broken vessel. Help us to see others with your eyes of love and grace. In Christ’s name. Amen.