Sometimes we go through hard times. We feel under pressure, and even ’squashed’ by what’s going on around us. However, not all hard times are bad times. Sometimes, they can bring good out of us. Sometimes, pressures and difficulties can help us to discover new things about ourselves, new strengths, new wisdom.
This activity encourages the pupils to think about hard times that they have gone through, or are going through, and it invites them to consider what has been good for them. How have these hard times shaped them in a good way? It takes a little bit of time to do well, and that’s important. This prayer activity works best when hosted by a team member who carefully guides the ‘potters’ through some simple reflecting as they shape their clay.
“We ourselves are like fragile clay jars, containing this great treasure. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Paul, 2 Corinthians 4:7-8