Lenten reflections on scripture — earthen vessels

2 Corinthians 4:7

I have this treasure in —
my Grandma Snider’s mixing bowl,
touching it I taste biscuits,

my forty-year-old seminary Bible
covered with all my notes
for open-Bible exams,

the hand of the Sunday School kid
(dirty doesn’t sound as classy as earthen),

the messy Depends
I never thought
my stomach would let me change,
and then loved changed me.

Heck, I have this treasure
in my beat-up Saturn Ion with
two hundred, fifty thousand miles
of petty errands
and hurrying out to people who need me.
The fact that it still runs
proves the text
that power comes from God
and not from me,

as does the sink at the soup kitchen,
the typo’d email I wrote too fast,
a prayer shawl wet with tears,
the church restroom that badly
needs a makeover
in a church of the kind and clueless
and lots of other
holy grubby things.

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One Response to Lenten reflections on scripture — earthen vessels

  1. God bless all holy, grubby things.

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