A Parable of Hope

January 22, 2007 at 4:48 am Leave a comment

The following story was told on Sunday as part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word.

The story is told of an elderly Chinese woman who walked to the well each day with two large pots hung on the ends of a pole she rested across her back. One pot always delivered a full pot of water to her home; the other pot had a crack in it. It dripped water the whole way home, and the most it ever brought to the woman was half a pot of water. When asked why she continued to use the cracked pot, she pointed to the trail of flowers that grew along the path. Years ago, when she first discovered the crack, she planted flower seeds alongside the path where the pot dripped. Before long, she began to enjoy fresh flowers all the way home. The cracked pot, though imperfect, was as valuable to the old woman as the pot without flaws.

The narrator concluded with the thought, “When our offerings to each other come from the heart, they are all that is needed.”


Entry filed under: China, Latter-Day Saints.

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