Cebu City, Philippines
May 27, 2007 7:30am CST
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 Raku - is a pice of pottery, " each pot is hand formed, a process that allows the spirit of the artist to speak through the finished work with a particular directness and intimacy". Once the clay has been shaped by the potter it is fired in a kiln. Then, glowing red hot, it is thrust into a smoldering sawdust pile where it remains until finished. The result is a unique product ; one of a kind. So it is with us. We bear the imprint of the potter's hand. He too has spoken through His work with a particular directness and intimacy. Each of us is formed in a unique way for a unique work. "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ( Ephesians 2:10)". But though we are created for good works, we are not yet finished. We must experience the kiln of affliction, aching hearts, waery spirits, aging bodies are the processes that God uses to finish the work He has begun. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4 We are raku's the he process.
29 May 07
We are our own potter. We all lived in this world for a reason. No one is alive without a purpose of existence, be it a blade of grass or a stalk of flower. Even an ant has a purpose in life. I do agree we need to be joyful with each living everyday despite the various forms of sufferings inflicted upon us.