I took a pottery class in college. I wasn’t very good. Yet, I loved making mugs because they were fairly simple and made for great homemade gifts.
In order to create something out of clay, you start with a base, and if you want to add anything, say a handle, you do a process called “score and slip.” Here you take away bits of the clay in order to create a rough surface to connect the new addition, i.e., connecting a handle on a mug.
This year, 2020, has been one where the normalcy of life has been taken away. At the time of Isaiah writing, the people were experiencing loss, abandonment and not knowing what to do in their new reality. I think that with loss, there is hope for change and new additions that may have never been considered before. In order to create a more useful mug, some clay had to be removed.
Through this time where so much seems to be taken away, remember what Isaiah says: “we are the clay, you are our potter.” I am confident that God is using this year, where my routine has been taken away, to add a deeper understanding of how love, compassion, care and faith look and act.
I have witnessed that this year has challenged people to think of new and creative ways to show God’s love. I have seen more than ever the eagerness of others to be more useful in helping our neighbors, expanding their view of God and discovering what truly brings value to our lives.
This year fills me with hope as we connect deeper with God and others, and therefore form richer relationships with God and one another.