A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. 

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. 

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said. 

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers on your side of the path but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day while we walk back, you've watered them. For two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."
Life has a way of "cracking our pots".  A feeling that we are no longer able to cope with what has happened to us, but God can use our brokenness.   Healing begins in each of us when we trust God to show us the beauty that remains in our sorrows.

Join us for MYSTERY & THE GREAT SADNESS. Together, we'll explore the topics that shape our lives and how we can find the overwhelming beauty even in the midst of our brokenness, that is found in the healing power of God!

4 Wednesday Evening Sessions
October 24, 31 & November 7, 14, 2018
Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium, MD
7 - 9 PM
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The heart and passion of the Meadow is to challenge and develop people to move into the depths of letting your true self be known. Don't just sit on the sidelines and remain waiting for the abundance and joy that Jesus promises! Come take your life on a journey that will ignite your desire to live to your full potential and calling. Having the courage to believe God has so much more for each of us, opens new thresholds and deepens our desires for God's plan for our lives.