Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Filling the Empty Vessel

Yesterday, while I was busy getting ready for my mother's move, once again she calls me to come get something. I was becoming frazzled and more than a little impatient with all the interruptions. Down the stairs I go and she asks me to look up into the back of a obscure shelf and see if there was a old pickle jar. When I found it she told me that it had belonged to my grandmother, my great-grandmother and no telling who else in the family since the early 1900's had used it. Now this jar is NOT a little jar. I haven't measured but I would start to guess at about 3 gallons. The metal lid is dented and a little rusty but the jar with it's beveled glass that prisms when you hold it to the light is perfect. Mama told me that this would be the perfect thing to put my sea glass and tiny shells (I collect the ones that are the size of my thumb nail or smaller) in.

The jar reminds me of myself. Empty, closed, and wanting to be filled again. Today, I will put my first piece of sea glass in the jar. Working to fill it again; and, like my journey in recovery, each little piece I put back into my life I will shine like the prisms in the jar and be filled with joy.


  1. That's a great idea and what a memory, of using that old jar passed down generation to generation. That made it more special! And as you put the sea glass, may your life be filled with the Lord's love and grace. When the sea glass shines like prisms, so will your life be a reflection of His awesome love. Blessings to you.

  2. What a beautiful heirloom treasure you have found! I can just imagine it filled over time, but the little collection of sea shells and sea glass that to you will hold a little piece of yourself inside.

    Once you fill it, it will become not only a thing of beauty but something to be treasured as well.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  3. What a beautiful treasure and a beautiful memory. Now, you have a beautiful memory from this difficult move to cherish, too.
    Blessings, prayers, love, and lots of hugs, andrea

  4. How wonderful and special! I love your last paragraph!

    Blessings and Hugs,

  5. What a wonderful gift from your mom! and from generations in the past! and to fill it with something that you find that means something so special to you.....
    Just as you described the glass empty yet wanting to be filled. That is the way the LORD can work with and for you! It is when we are empty (weak) then HE is strong and will fill you to overflowing! Whole, full of joy and you will be able to look at your jar and see the work in progress. One step, One day at a time. Your journey to wholeness!

    blessings to you