Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 30 October 2020

Letter from our minister 30/10/2020

Friday 30th October 2020

Dear friends

It has been a busy half term in the Vicarage. We managed 3 family days and had some fun especially playing monopoly and uno while sheltering from the rain. This week has also been the Circuit Holiday Club and we have thought about being Salt and Light and making a difference to people for Jesus. One thing that all of us can do during these difficult days in Covid19 Tier 3 is pray for each other and encourage one another. While I was having an email clear out last week (my inbox was almost at max hitting over 1000 emails) – I came across this story and I hope it makes you smile.

An elderly Chinese man had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his 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 walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the man 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 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the man
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 man 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."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make
our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You've just got to take each person for
what they are and look for the good in them.

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

Hope to see you or hear you on zoom this week,

Love and prayers,

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