Here is part of today’s Old Testament reading: ‘The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do’.

And here is St Paul, to go alongside it: ‘But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies’.

The point about the ‘earthen vessels’ is this: it is these very same vessels, broken and reworked maybe hundreds of times, that are chosen to bear the glory of God. May we rejoice in this truth, and may God bless you in your own life today.