The Pressing

By: Kandy Persall From outward appearances, the terra cotta lump is merely a bulk of clay. Indeed the pliable mud is no better than any other, consisting only of sand, silt, water, and finely crushed minerals. This ordinary adobe bears the destiny of becoming another piece of unremarkable pottery.  The only difference lies in the hand of the potter. If the artisan is skilled …

The Cracked Pot

Without thinking, I reached for the chipped bowl. My mother and grandmother used it extensively years before, and now it is my favorite too. Despite the hair-line crack, it remains my go-to container for meal preparation. I knew it was clean because I’d used it just a few hours prior. In fact, it was still in the dish drainer, having …

The Potter

  Throwing a terra cotta lump in the center of his wheel, the potter gently but firmly pressed his hands into the spinning clay. As his nails and wrists caked with the mud and moisture, he patiently conformed the block into a pliable piece. Continually wetting his hand to keep the lump moist, he worked until it gradually yielded, softening …

You are of great value.

“Everything that can stand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean, but it shall be purified with water for impurity.  But whatever cannot stand the fire you shall pass through the water” (Numbers 31:23).     You can stand the fire, not just the washing of water.     You have been crushed and …