For the clay pot, the second time through the kiln is the step that brings out its full beauty. The potter brushes on a glaze, a thick suspension of chemicals that is basically tiny, tiny, tiny bits of glass. As the temperature rises, these bits melt and fuse together, covering the pot in bright color. The first time through the fire brings out the strength of the pot. The second time brings out its true beauty. It takes courage, lots of courage, to go back a second time, to return to a place of pain and challenge. But sometimes that is exactly what we are called to do. Go back. And do it again.