How to Bury Treasure: A Simple Creative Worship Project

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We are clay jars, formed by the hands of God from the dust of the earth.

As clay jars go, I’m a flawed one.

I try really hard. Still, my glaze is chipped and even cracked in places.

Some days when I stand in front of a mirror and examine my flaws, or my thoughts dwell too long on my perplexing life, I forget that under my lid I contain the world’s richest treasure, God’s love and light.

So here’s the tangible little reminder I made to help me lift the lid.


I have a little clay jar I made in pottery class.

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It is imperfect, just like me.

I could have found a jar by hunting through a forgotten cupboard or through yard sales and knick knack stores. The hunt for a treasure jar could be an act of worship. I could also have gone to a paint-your-own pottery studio and painted a little jar.

I’m always digging for new treasures. I dig through scripture, mostly.

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Sometimes I am surprised by the fingerprint of God on a tiny robin’s egg,

a poetic thought carried over centuries though written words,

or kind words from a sincere friend.

When I discover a bit of gold I write it on a slip of paper.

creative reminderI use colorful pens and pencils or scraps of handmade paper to make these little treasures appealing to as many senses as possible. Sometimes a photo from a magazine reminds me of what a tremendous artist God is, so I add it to my jar.

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On days when I need to remember that the best is yet to come, I lift the lid on my little clay jar and dig through my treasure.  As I do, God reminds me, I was made to be a little jar of clay because power and light and beauty originate from him. I don’t have to generate them myself, even if I could. The pressure lifts off. I don’t have to try so hard, I just have to be what I am, a little clay treasure chest.

“For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed, always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7 ESV)

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  1. Carrie April 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm #



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