Broken Vessels

Broken Vessels

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
My eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
For my life is spent with sorrow
And my years with sighing;
My strength fails because of my iniquity,
And my bones waste away”. (Psalm 31:9-10)

“I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like “a broken vessel”. (Psalm 31:12)

“But I, trust in you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God”.
(Psalm 31: 14)

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in Spirit”. (Psalm 34:18)

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”. (Psalm 147:3)

 ~ the Lord can use and heal our brokenness.

Vessels of Mercy

Vessels Ministry Good_Samaritan_Sicard_Tuileries(Wikicommons) The Parable of the Good Samaritan is one of many parables taught by Jesus. Beginning in the tenth chapter of Luke verses twenty five through thirty seven.
“And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it”. And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself”. And he said to him, “You have answered correctly: do this and you will live”. But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying “Take care of him, and whatever more your spend, I will repay you when I come back.” Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go and do likewise.”