Beauty in Broken Places

The Japanese art of wabi-sabi, or finding beauty in broken things has so much to teach us. Craftsmen take a damaged piece, and instead of throwing it away, practice kintsugi, which is a method of restoring it with lacquer that is mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The once-broken piece, with its gold-filled cracks, is more precious and beautiful than it was originally.

We are all needy and broken, and sometimes it is so hard to be vulnerable and open about the areas that need care. Jesus was broken for us so that He could heal our wounds. He wants to touch our broken places, and when He has healed them, His sanctification will leave His Beauty in us.

“In a large house, there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils, dedicated and useful for the owner of the house, ready for good work..” — 2 Timothy 2, 20-21

Photo Credit: Kintsugi Bowl – Ruthann Hurwitz

Kintsugi Bowl

3 thoughts on “Beauty in Broken Places

  1. I added a rather long comment to your Facebook post. It is a song I wrote this past fall. Its title is simply The Bowl Song. It can obviously be read as a meditative poem and added to one’s prayer. I first heard of your community from an old friend who now often times goes by Dr. Italy.

  2. That’s why Jesus said those folks who believe even when they can’t see are more blessed. Because we humans spend a good bit of our lives in places where it’s too dark for knowledge and only the candle of faith can light our way. Thanks for sharing this.

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