Do you Feel Cracked and Broken?
Some days, I sure do, then I remember this story:
A poor elderly widow lived outside of town. Her only source of water was a stream that flowed nearby. Each day she would make two trips to the stream to get water for she had only two pitchers and one was cracked. Whenever she got home, the cracked pitcher was always less than 1/2 full.
One day her granddaughter came to visit. The grand daughter saw the broken pitcher and asked her why she did not discard it. Her grandmother smiled and simply explained it was her favorite.
Later that afternoon, they walked to the stream together. Her granddaughter noted the beautiful fragrant flowers that lined one side of the path.
Once they got to the stream they filled the pitchers with water. Immediately, the cracked pitcher began leaking. "Grandma," exclaimed the young woman, "it's leaking, of what value can this possibly be?"
The grandmother smiled and the two began their journey back to the cottage. All the while the water trickled from the pitcher, watering the beautiful flowers.
The moral: Though each of us may be considered an imperfect or broken vessel, we still have value!