Growing up as a camper turned staff at Sugar Creek Bible Camp, I often heard and told the story of the cracked pot.

Each day a woman walked to the stream for fresh water. To gather it, she carried a long pole with two clay pots attached at each end. One pot was “perfect” and delivered a full portion each time. The other held a deep crack that caused it to leak half of its water by the time they reached the house.

Each day the same thing happened. The “perfect” pot was proud of its accomplishments while the cracked pot was ashamed at its imperfection and miserable that it was letting the woman down. One day the cracked pot told the woman how it felt, for she worked so hard!

The woman smiled and replied: “Did you notice the flowers on your side of the path? I have always known about your flaw and purposefully planted seeds on your side so that every day while we walk home, you may water them. Because of you, I can decorate my table with beautiful flowers and gift the neighbors. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this special beauty to grace our home and our lives.”

Heavenly Father, remind us each and every day that we are loved just as we are. We are created in your image, each of us perfectly different and put among your creation to share that divine and never-ending love with the world. Amen.

Addison Arndt, LCM Alumni: Faith & Vocation Fellow ’18-’20

Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

-Isaiah 64:8