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Looking Toward Sunday, July 19, 2020

Ages ago (or a few years), I heard a song on the TV show, Nashville, that made me think of our scripture reading for today. Paul looks out at the brokenness of the world and the difficult journey of discipleship that can leave us feeling battered and broken, and he writes: 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.

It’s an occupational hazard to hear the words of scripture echo through the every day, and in watching an episode of Nashville, in which all the characters are feeling defeated, are watching their relationships crumble, or are struggling with seeing themselves as worthy of love, one of the characters (Gunnar Scott) sings the song, It Ain’t Yours to Throw Away , to a friend who is thinking of call it quits. So much of the song echoes with Christian themes of living into the calling of our lives (also echoed in our scripture for this week). But the lyrics that especially connect me to Paul’s letter to the Corinthians say:

What if you’re just a vessel
And God gave you something special

 It ain’t yours to throw away
It ain’t yours to throw away
Every time you open up your mouth
Diamonds come rolling out
It ain’t yours to throw away

Aside from the iffy grammar, the message of being vessels filled by something beautiful and glorious rings true. Join us Sunday as we explore what it means to be like clay jars full of the diamonds of the life-giving power of God. 

Scripture: 2 Cor 4:1-15

Reflection: “Messy Wrapping”

If you haven’t tried our Sunday morning worship service by Zoom, why don’t you give it a whirl. It’s a great way to say hello to your Druid Hills dear ones in real time and share in holy communion. (BYO – bread & juice.)

In peace,