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It’s been a very surreal week for all of us, but in the midst of it, it was my birthday. Most of my birthday plans had to go out of the window, but one thing that didn’t change was the gift of a new CD, Casting Crowns’ ‘Only Jesus.’ As I’ve been listening to this, I’m struck by how the lyrics of many of these songs are so applicable to us all in this current chaotic situation where ‘my life seems so out of control’. (‘In The Hands Of The Potter’) Many of us feel that the world is spinning and that life is breaking us, but actually, this is yet another opportunity for God to shape us and mould us. He is the Potter; we are the clay. (Jer 18).

It’s hugely important in our ‘social distancing’ that we don’t distance ourselves from God. We need to pray, sing and read His word on a daily basis – something we should be doing every single day, whether we have the opportunity to meet with other Christians or not. In essence, the current situation doesn’t have the power to hinder our walk with God – unless we let it. We live in an age where communication is easier than ever for most of us: we can stay in touch with people through telephone, social media, the Internet and video calls. We can also stay in touch with God through prayer, worship and His word, no matter what.

Many of us may find the singing part hard without other people around us. But there are so many opportunities to find Christian songs online and we can sing along to these! Christian radio (UCB or Premier Praise) can be accessed by many of us, plus You Tube has a whole host of songs for us to listen to, not to mention the live streaming that many Christian artists are offering on Facebook right now. This is one of the songs from the new CD I have; you can listen to it by clicking on the link in the title at the end of the lyrics. Let God’s love shape you and make you into the image of His Son!

‘I still remember when I heard You call me by name
I’d follow You anywhere, knew I could trust You in anything
But now sorrow beats down on me, waiting for You to come through.
I’m all alone with my questions, I’m dry and cracked open
And I thirst for You.

And as I fall apart,
Come flood this desert heart.
Fall like the rain, Living Water,
And I know Your way is best
Lord, help me find my rest
And I’ll be the clay
In the Hands of the Potter.

My world is spinning, my life seems so out of control;
Nailed, scarred hands tell the story of love that will never let go of me.
Through the sunshine or rain, I know where my hope is found
What You started in me, I know You will complete from the inside out..

My world is breaking me, Your love is shaping me
And now the enemy is afraid of what You’re making me
When my world is breaking me, Your love is shaping me
And now the enemy is afraid of what You’re making me
My world is breaking me, Your love is shaping me
And now the enemy is afraid of what You’re making me

And as I fall apart
Come flood this desert heart
Fall like the rain, Living Water
And I know Your way is best
Lord, help me find my rest
And I’ll be the clay
In the Hands of the Potter.’ (‘In the Hands of the Potter’, Casting Crowns)