12-13 Advent Devotional

Creating Righteous People

Catherine Belles

Isaiah 63:15-64:12

Isaiah 12:2-6

Ms. Hanson, red curly hair, big smile, freckles and artistic creativity. In Riverdale Jr. High, we had never encountered anyone like her. Art taught me something amazing: Creation is ongoing. Working with clay, paint, yarn, wax, wood and carving tools, shaped and changed by my hands meant I had power within me. I made choices that could result in beauty, me, my choices.

“Why O Lord, do you make us stray from your ways and harden our heart, so that we do not fear you?” As I wrestled with clay, that just would not turn into something beautiful, the fault laid in my hands, not the clay. Our Lord, our

father, our creator is the potter and we are the clay. We wait for the father’s hands to craft us into something beautiful and useful, something amazing. Would we not sin if the Lord were fully here? If we were not in that time betwixt and between?

Advent is a time to ask our father, the Lord, to make the crooked straight and the rough places plain. The clay, I, am waiting for the potter’s hands. I am waiting for the father to wash me and lead me to righteousness.

Catherine Belles, a pastor of two rural north central Iowa churches, Eden Presbyterian in Rudd and First Presbyterian in Greene, Iowa. 

©2016 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group.  This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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