Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"I am the potter you are the clay."

"But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand" Isaiah 64:8

This Sunday, afternoon, my older girls and I had the blessing of spending time at my dear friend Sarah's pottery studio...Sweet Fern Pottery. She was offering a clay class in making a luminary. Sarah showed us what to and then we were given a lump of clay to make our own.

Throughout the process of shaping and molding the clay, I was reminded of the scripture in Isaiah in which he proclaims that we are the clay and God is our potter, and we are all the work of His hands! It was such a special time to reflect and ruminate on God's word. As I worked, I prayed about all of the special children that we've come to love over the last month, as we have poured over the websites of the orphans in the many countries. I marveled in their beauty and in the hand of our Mighty Potter who created them all, the work of His hands!

As we created our luminaries I was also reminded that we are to be a light for the Lord! 
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:14-18. 

One of the neatest things that day, was that each of us created our own luminary design, and each of the designs reflected the light and joy of the Lord! Such a wonderful testimony! We can keep them or give them as a gift. It was a joyous afternoon!

Grace's theme of her luminary was joy. The cut outs for the light to shine through are candle sticks. It will truly.."give light to all in the house"

 Madelyn made hers to be a light house. The base of it is actually on a bed of rocks that she made from clay. She etched onto her light house the words..."Let your light so shine."

 Mine has different sized stars cut out of it. Etched into mine is.."It happened one night when a star shone bright."

 We can pick up our luminaries on November 30th. I can't wait to see them all fired up and with a glaze that we chose on them. Thank you Sarah for a wonderful afternoon! It was such a blessing!

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