June/July Tidings 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings

Since I began my interim ministry at Mt. Carmel, I have heard some say that it seems like the same people do everything. I know it has been a year and a half since this pandemic began, but now we are moving towards opening in-person worship, meetings, and in all sorts of ways, we need all sorts of volunteers. The church is talking about opening up more and more, which means the need for more and more of you to fill the needs of getting back to in-person ministries. 

You may have recognized by now that I love fables. Fables use stories to tell us about our identity without saying exactly what is meant. So here is another favorite which was lovingly shared with the staff at Mt. Carmel. 

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her 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 walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

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

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are 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, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water 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.

So, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

Now, as we prepare to come back together in-person soon, and as the ministry of Mt. Carmel grows, remember, each of us has our own unique flaw. And it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. Let’s celebrate each person for what they are and look for the good in them! Thanks be to God!

Pastor Christine Wenzel, Interim Pastor

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