Psalm 147:1-6

We have all broken things before and fixed them (or tried to). More often than not it is a coffee mug that becomes my casulty. If I'm able to fix it, I try to make the repairs unobtrusive.

Not everyone tries to make repairs unnoticeable. Sometimes people try to do the exact opposite. That seems to be the point of the centuries-old Japanese method of repairing broken pottery called “Kintsugi.” More than just a method of repair, it is a form of Japanese art. The purpose of this type of repair is to transform what is broken into a new work of art with gold which is the traditional metal used in Kintsugi. The name of the technique is derived from the words “Kin” (golden) and “tsugi” (joinery), which translate to mean “golden repair.” The scars and cracks of the broken ceramic become the focus and actually turn the object into something unique and exquisite as lines of the precious metal gold follow the lines of brokenness of the piece.

Similarly, when we submit our brokenness to God, He fills in the lines with His grace. The lines of brokeness are not erased in this life because:

1. His grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:7b-10)

2. The comfort we have received from God can be offered to others who are also broken (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)