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Sunday, 22 December 2019 07:00

'O King of the Nations' - The 'O' Antiphons Day 6

 2019.78.O Antiphons 6.Main Blog imageAs a child I loved to play with clay. I enjoyed the creative possibilities it brought. I was struck by the fact that the more I kneaded it in my hands, the more pliable it became, and I relished the fact that even when it was dry and crumbly, it could be brought back to life with a few drops of water.

In this O Antiphon, we beseech God to save us, who he made from clay. I now wonder if the same things that struck me about clay as a child ring true, as I allow myself to be the clay that is molded in the Potter’s hands.

It is certainly true, that with God there are endless possibilities for our life, and that these are vastly more creative than anything we could envisage on our own. We are loved by God who knows us intimately and desires greatly to bring us to life so that we might encounter him and experience our lives and the world in ways we never thought possible.

It is also true that the more we are open to the touch of God both gently and firmly molding us, the more pliable we may become. It is not always easy to surrender our lives to him, but small steps and responses of faithfulness can pave the way for times where a bigger sacrifice, or step is necessary.

Finally, many of us have experienced dry and crackly times in our spiritual journey. Bu this is not the whole story, nor is it the end, for a touch from the Lord can refresh us, bringing life to what seemed to be dead. In the mystery of the Lord, this may not seem to happen in our timing, but we can trust the master potter, the King who all people desire to come and save us, drawing us ever closer to him each day.  Mel Edwards