Franciscan Novice Sister Regina Rose Fills Up the Empty Bowls
Franciscan Novice Sister Regina Rose reflects on ‘Let’s Fill Up the Empty Bowls’ Project sponsored by the Two Rivers, WI Optimists Club benefiting the Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry.
In the spring semester, I had the opportunity to take Ceramics I. Having approached that pottery class with a great amount of excitement and anticipation, I quickly found myself becoming frustrated as several of my pieces turned out less than beautiful or blew up completely in the kiln. I frequently considered scrapping piece after piece as they didn’t meet my standards or original plan. In revisiting the class this summer, I reflected more on the story of Jeremiah at the Potter’s house. In Jeremiah’s story, “a vessel the potter was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to do (Jer. 18:4).” What stands out here is that it actually pleased the potter to begin again! And so it is with God. He is willing, able, and overjoyed to begin again in us until we become a vessel suitable for retaining that which is sacred and holy . Nothing is lost in the making for Him! It was a reminder that, as tempting as it may be, the mistakes made out of frail humanity should not be cause for giving up the challenge! We can rejoice in God’s loving mercy as He gives us endless opportunities to begin again.
Also, it was mentioned that, in many circles, some pottery has no value until the artist carves his name into the pieces. The value is in the signature. I loved this idea for it is, again, the same with God who has given each of us our name and, therein, our value! His ownership, His name written on our hearts, and our belonging to Him, is the source of our worth.