Why the IO

Topics in the IO

Marriage Clay

Moving Forward

Fall Color Trip



Nauvoo IL an easy drive from Elmwood

Illinois' Native America Past

Spring Mill Indiana

Central Park Trees

Treebeard's Prophecy

Editorial Notes

Past IO Topics

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Marriage is the Clay

so I was just listening and not required to pay attention. I was drifting along which means I daydream. The sermon theme was the verse from Isaiah 64:8 ” O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”  Even though the verse means God is the potter I was just thinking maybe in a marriage the clay is the marriage and the couple is each in charge of one hand.  Now I am not sure who is in charge of keeping the wheel spinning, but I suspect if it stops; it will be the husband’s job to try and fix it.

If one hand applies more pressure than the other the pot will be lop-sided.  If both hands don’t have the same vision then one may be trying to make a tall vase and other an ashtray.  One person cannot make a marriage work alone, each hand or person in a marriage has a role in determining what shape the clay will end up in.

Often when talking to someone about United Marriage Encounter I say it is about teaching you to communicate with your spouse. Sometimes Pastor Mark makes the point he is preaching not just to the congregation, but speaking to himself. I am not claiming Nancy and I have learned all our lessons in our own relationship.  I do believe, if you do not communicate there is no way, you will know how to shape the clay.

The shape of the marriage is something each partner has a hand in; a responsibility in what the final shape will be.  Whether you are working on a simple pot, an artistic vase, or a modern abstract that only you can see the beauty in every day you are continually shaping your marriage.  So how do you feel about your role as a potter?