For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness,
has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth]
the Light for the illumination of the knowledge
of the majesty and glory of God
[as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed]
in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
However, we possess this precious treasure
[the divine Light of the Gospel]
in [frail, human] vessels of earth,
that the grandeur and exceeding greatness
of the power may be shown to be from God
and not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 amp
It comes so slowly,
the realization that dullness has come.
How dry life has become,
void of the crackle of life,
so heavy, and hard.
focusing on the vessel of earth,
dims the Light.
All I can see is the cracks,
the powdery residue drifting all around.
Where is hope?
I'm just a clay pot.
And a broken one at that.
And all around me are broken jars,
bumping into me,
bruising and jostling.
The hunger for Light is there.
I know where the Source is.
I just have to lift my eyes.
Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
soon I'll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He's my God.
Psalm 42:5 msg
I may be a broken jar,
a vessel of earth.
But I am filled with the fullness of Life and Light.
Looking up, He floods my face
with the Light of His Glory and Grace.
For our light, momentary affliction
(this slight distress of the passing hour)
is ever more and more abundantly
preparing and producing and achieving
for us an everlasting weight of glory
[beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all
comparisons and all calculations,
a vast and transcendent glory
and blessedness never to cease!],
Since we consider and look
not to the things that are seen
but to the things that are unseen;
for the things that are visible are temporal
(brief and fleeting),
but the things that are invisible
are deathless and everlasting.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 amp
My brokenness is temporal.
He is Eternal, Deathless and Everlasting.
Oh downcast soul,
He will fill with Light.
He lifts us up.
Fix your eyes on Him.