Lenten Devotional: April 3

Psalm 31; Psalm 35; Jeremiah 24:1-10;
Romans 9:19-33
; John 9:1-17

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel…Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:12, 24

I sat with the ghost of an autumn leaf, now only a faint veined skeleton in my hand. At a touch, the thin skin turned to powder, small holes becoming larger. Fragility.

Emptiness is a void, a too quiet, an uninterrupted, a vacant longing.

Useless, abandoned, discarded and disregarded, marginalized, pushed out, pushed aside, left behind, unremembered, unreal.

A broken vessel and the leaf gone dust in my hand. And yet, I hope and I pray.

I pray that an imperfect flawed vessel may still hold and carry and share enough love and light, may still be of use, can still fulfill the vision of the Master who cast the clay. I take courage in a merciful, just, loving God and hope in his unending grace, infinite wisdom, and everlasting kindness. And my heart is made glad because I put my trust in my Lord and my God. Selah.