The Chosen Vessel

The Master was searching

for a vessel to use;

On the shelf there were many-

which one would He choose?


Take me, cried the gold one,

I'm shiny and bright,

I'm of great value

and I do things just right.

My beauty and lustre

will outshine the rest

And for someone like You, Master,

gold would be the best!


The Master passed on

with no word at all;

He looked at a silver urn,

narrow and tall;

I'll serve You, dear Master,

I'll pour out Your wine

And I'll be at Your table

whenever You dine,

My lines are so graceful,

my carvings so true,

And my silver will always

compliment You.


Unheeding the Master

passed on to the brass,

It was wide mouthed and shallow,

and polished like glass.

Here! Here! cried the vessel,

I know I will do,

Place me on Your table

for all men to view.


Look at me, called the goblet

of crystal so clear,

My transparency shows

my contents so dear,

Though fragile am I,

I will serve You with pride,

And I'm sure I'll be happy

Your house to abide.


The Master came next

to a vessel of wood,

Polished and carved,

it solidly stood.

You may use me, dear Master,

the wooden bowl said,

But I'd rather You used me

for fruit, not for bread!


Then the Master looked down

and saw a vessel of clay.

Empty and broken

it helplessly lay.

No hope had the vessel

that the Master might choose,

To cleanse and make whole,

to fill and to use.


Ah! This is the vessel

I've been hoping to find,

I will mend and use it

and make it all Mine.


I need not the vessel

with pride of its self;

Nor the one who is narrow

to sit on the shelf;

Nor the one who is bigmouthed

and shallow and loud;

Nor one who displays

his contents so proud;

Not the one who thinks

he can do all things just right;

But this plain earthy vessel

filled with My power and might.


Then gently He lifted

the vessel of clay.

Mended and cleansed it

and filled it that day.

Spoke to it kindly.

There's work you must do,

Just pour out to others

as I pour into you.


Author unknown. If anyone has a proprietary interest in this story please authenticate and I will be happy to credit, or remove, as the circumstances dictate.


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