February 28

All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field…. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8.1

Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.  Matthew 24:35.

Joy Rupp is a well-known spiritual guide and writer.  In her book, The Cup of Our Life, she uses the cup as a symbol of an inner journey. On page two of the book she writes, “In the cup I see life with its fullness, emptiness, brokenness, flaws and blessings.”

Just as we hold firmly to our cups as we drink from them, God holds us and our imperfect lives in his hands. He knows that we are chipped and even broken sometimes.  He knows when we are full and when we are empty and sad. Life is not always good to us and we are not always good to ourselves or others. Our cups may be full with suffering. Our cups can also be filled with compassion, wisdom, and blessings.

I have a china cup from my mother’s cup collection.  It is shiny and beautiful, no flaws or imperfections.  But it doesn’t get used.  It sits on the shelf in all its loveliness.  We must not be like that cup.  Our lives/cups need to be used over and over as we go about being stewards of God’s love.

No matter our condition, God knows what we need.  Maybe a good cleaning, maybe just holding us close to his heart. 

“This cup holds grief and balm in equal measure, light, darkness.  Who drinks from it must change.”  May Sarton.

Most holy God, you hold us tightly and tenderly.  We need you to fill us, empty us, wash us, use us.  Thank you for loving us in all our imperfectness.  We want only to be used for your glory.  Amen

Joan Perlich