"A mourning moment" by bob wil
Grief Shapes Us
Joe Smith has been the Potter at the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for over 30 years. For the last 3 years I have worked alongside him to provide a pre-show for tourists.
Honestly, Joe amazes me! He throws a lump of clay onto a potters wheel and in less than 30 minutes has created a vessel...sharing his faith as he forms the clay. He is a gifted potter and communicator.
I have noticed the vessel does not form itself, but it is shaped by the hands of the potter. The vessels are never perfect, each one is unique, each is one of a kind.
I see grief doing that for us also.
Grief can shape and form us, it can involve pressure and stress to change us. The Master Potter can shape and form our vessel as He determines. We are not perfect, we are all different, we are one of a kind.
The vessel being formed is pliable in the hands of the potter. Our grief and trials can shape us into a vessel with a purpose. Certainly it is normal to question why a loss has occurred. Many losses make no sense to us at all...none.
Instead of questioning "why" we are being formed and shaped in a certain way, perhaps we should ask "how" can we be used. Our personal grief journey can allow us to relate to others in similar circumstances.
Seek the time your grief experience can be used to comfort and guide another person. The opportunity will be available for every griever, some are ready and willing to share their journey, some are not. Each person is unique and one of a kind.
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
"JESUS: The CRUCIFIED CAREGIVER"
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