Provisions, Providence and Pearl
This video is in no way a complete representation of every aspect of the work we did for 14 years. The process of cleaning the greenware, glazing and and applying the mother-of-pearl coat (Aka “Pearling”) is missing. I used to have footage of these stages, but I guess I lost it when one of my computers died. The long and the short of it, though, is that my hubby and I made ceramic pet urns for a local pet crematorium until our worsening health issues forced us to shut ‘er down. We had a really good run though. What the future holds, we’re still not entirely sure, but we’re trusting this to God too.
There is a bit more coverage of our ceramics in my “Let it go” video on my “Promises” page.
Treasure in Jars of Clay
“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;”2 Corinthians 4:5-8 (ESV)
“But we have this treasure – The treasure of the gospel; the rich and invaluable truths which they were called to preach to others. The word “treasure” is applied to those truths on account of their inestimable worth. Paul in the previous verses had spoken of the gospel, the knowledge of Jesus Christ, as full of glory, and infinitely precious. This rich blessing had been committed to him and his fellow-laborers, to dispense it to others, and to diffuse it abroad. His purpose in this and the following verses is, to show that it had been so entrusted to them as to secure all the glory of its propagation to God, and so also as to show its unspeakable value. For this purpose, he not only affirms that it is a treasure, but says that it had been so entrusted to them as to show the power of God in its propagation; that it had showed its value in sustaining them in their many trials; and “they” had showed their sense of its worth by being willing to endure all kinds of trial in order to make it everywhere known, 2 Corinthians 4:8-11. The expression here is similar to that which the Saviour uses when he calls the gospel “the pearl of great price,” Matthew 13:46.
In earthen vessels – This refers to the apostles and ministers of religion, as weak and feeble; as having bodies decaying and dying; as fragile, and liable to various accidents, and as being altogether unworthy to hold a treasure so invaluable;Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
Salvation is a Precious Gift
“But God’s mercy is great, and He loved us very much. Though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God, He gave us new life with Christ. You have been saved by God’s grace. And He raised us up with Christ and gave us a seat with Him in the heavens. He did this for those in Christ Jesus so that for all future time He could show the very great riches of His grace by being kind to us in Christ Jesus. I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing [Having faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior]. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God.”–Ephesians 2:4-8