Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Paul writes in the second letter to the Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.”
As we witness the horror happening in Ukraine of humans’ inhumanity to humans our emotions are stirred with feelings of helplessness, anger, and overwhelming sadness. Even here at home we are startled to find those who value life so cheaply. We can easily write one another off as quickly as discarding refuse in a can. Disagreements can turn into a violent situation with someone ultimately dying due to road rage, political differences, or the color of one’s skin.
This is not what Jesus teaches. Paul knew the fragility of life, yet in that brokenness we find strength in the glory of God. It is precisely through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ we find the power to withstand and overcome the very evil that would have us believe we have lost the battle. But it is Christ who triumphs! As Paul proclaims in Romans, nothing, absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God!
Even though this life of mine clad in a clay jar, chipped, cracked and well worn – it is Jesus who has made it a priceless heirloom to bring delight to the God of us all.
Jesus has done this for each of us. As we gather in home, in church and in society we hold each other – as life is fragile. The power of God shines through these clay jars. There is hope. There is life. We are precious to God, therefore let us preserve, uphold, protect the preciousness to all.
After all, we have an extraordinary God who has extraordinary power giving life and love to all in Jesus Christ.
May our hearts turn to God this Lenten season.
Your Servant in Christ,