My Indian Vase

Recently, while on vacation, we visited a small Indian Reservation where we shopped for a piece of pottery.  We arrived early and this woman invited us into her home to show us the five pieces she had made to sell.  The vase I found was small, delicate and beautiful and she had $150 price marked on it.  I asked her what she would take for it and after thinking, she said $140.  She then told us of the steps in making this piece of art and I was almost embarrassed.  Before writing my check, I almost wrote it for $200 since I felt pity for how she lived.

Immediately, I caught my thought, wrote the check for $150 and she was beaming.  How dare me feel sorry for this lady who loved what she did and was so proud!  What a beautiful experience we had listening to her as she proudly told the steps her family had been taking for hundreds of years in making this pottery.

John 14:27 reads “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  I felt such peace that day.

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