Just an earthen vessel
Made of common clay.
Seemingly no value,
Nor beauty to display.
Youthful years have vanished
Like the morning dew.
Dreams shattered—visions gone;
No purpose left in view.
A vessel marred within, without;
Cracked and weathered from abuse.
Set aside to be discarded,
Of no apparent use.
Yet in His time the Master came
And held this vessel in His hand.
He had made it for a purpose
That would fit into His plan.
He looked on with great delight
At its grace and at its charm.
For the pain that wrought such beauty
Caused the Master no alarm.
With His power He filled this vessel,
Then placed a rose within.
Soon it began to grow and bloom,
Bringing glory unto Him.
“This is a vessel of honor,”
The Master clearly stated,
“When it fulfills the purpose
For which it was created.”
“I have a plan for every vessel,”
Hear the Master say.
“That the power of My Spirit
Fills each vessel made of clay.”
We have this treasure in earthen vessels that the power may be of God and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 ~ Janie Kellogg
Other related posts at Treasure in Earthen Vessels, “Graduation, Life, and Clay Pots,” May 14, 2013
7 thoughts on “Just an Earthen Vessel ~ a poem”
Jane, that was very good.
Thank you. I wrote that poem in 2001. I can’t believe how much it applies to the things I’m writing about today. God’s truths just never get old!
I love it! Thank you for the inspiring poem. Lavona
I’m glad you like it. I wrote it back in 2001 and it still applies today! This just seemed like the perfect time to post it.
Thank you for your beautiful poem. God’s word is always doing a work in our hearts….
Hi Ann, It is so good to hear from you! Thank you for the kind compliment about my poem. You are so right….God is always working on us, and how grateful we are that He is. I hope all is well with you. God bless you! ~Janie
I have been asked to speak on this scripture for a pastor’s anniversary.. I am going to use your inspiring poem… I just thought to look for poems after I’ve prepared my script for a sermon…. as a singer I will sing the Broken Vessel and sit down…. ha Thanks and keep writing!