Gentleness Lately: Terracotta

Terracotta: Baked Earth

Summer bakes

until the break of Fall

Psalms 2: 9 Like a Potters Vessel (from my daily Bible reading on September 11th)

“You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

Jeremiah 18:1-7 The Lord shapes Israel (from my daily Bible reading on September 8th)

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”


I pack popsicles underneath the stroller to take with me to the bus stop.

We share them with two other boys. I’ve grown to adore them already; one in 1st grade the other in 4th. They both are super polite and smiley.

On our way home I learn both boys miss their moms.

“No, my mom doesn’t live with me.” “She is in Mexico because my Grandmother is sick and poor.” I don’t ask how long she will be gone or how long she’s been away, but my heart cracks a bit.

Then the older one chimes in after I say “I bet you miss her.”

I learn his mother is prison. She is missed too.

And that night after we turn off our lamp lights, head resting on my pillow, some tears fall, thinking of the afternoon conversation. I turn to Jeff for a hug and share what I’m feeling.


We are all like the baked earth, formed and shaped and sometimes our hearts break.