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Clay Pots and Hope
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Approximately five months ago, my only brother died unexpectedly and traumatically. Since that time, I have made seven or eight trips to his home in Stockton to get his affairs in order, clean up the house and bring back a few truckloads of furniture and special remembrances.

It has been a difficult job, to say the least, not only because of the long drive and physical labor involved, but also because of the emotional strain. You see, during each visit I have been saying goodbye, not only to my brother, but also to my mother and father as well, who lived in the same house for many years until their death.

I have also been saying goodbye to eight years of childhood memories spent in that home — a home I will never live in again. And I have been saying goodbye to all the household items I could not drag with me back to Southern California. Finally, I have been saying goodbye to the neighbors and the neighborhood that were once such a big part of my life.

On my final trip, I salvaged my mother’s clay pottery off the weather-beaten wooden table in the backyard and packed them into my truck. Some of the pots date back to the 1950s. They held the remains of old soil, broken pottery and dead cacti that looked like they were from the 1950s as well.

Last weekend, I washed and scrubbed the old clay pots and then went out and bought little cactus plants and succulents and placed them in their new homes. I was unprepared for the joy that filled my heart when my project was complete. Each piece of pottery was now bright and clean and held a beautiful new plant bursting with life. What a thrill it was to see new life come out of death.

If we live long enough, death touches us all with its icy fingers of finality. But when Jesus rose from the grave on that resurrection Sunday, He broke the strangle hold death had on the human race. New life came out of death, not only for Jesus, but also for those who receive Him. "I am the resurrection and the life" He tells His friend Martha in John 11:25. “He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

By Kathy A. Lewis. Copyright © 2015 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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