Kintsukuroi – beauty from broken

Kintsukuroi-photoI learned something new today! Our church staff was invited to breakfast at the assisted living and retirement community in town. We were the honored guests as it is Pastor Appreciation Month. We enjoyed a tasty breakfast and were able to see some of our church family who are part of that retirement community.

The speaker for the morning shared about the Japanese practice of Kintsukuroi. I had never heard of it before, but loved the idea behind it. Rather than simply throw out a broken piece of pottery, the Japanese use gold or silver to repair it and find even greater beauty in the piece.

Our speaker made the connection that God is in that same business. We are all broken and flawed, yet God is able to bring beauty out of that brokenness. Sometimes the beauty is greater because of the brokenness. Instead of simply discarding a broken life, God is about restoration and allowing our cracks to reflect His glory.

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One thought on “Kintsukuroi – beauty from broken

  1. I don’t know how far I want to stretch this, but – Kintsukori means “goldern repair”. Gold is a precious metal. Precious means highly valued, esteemed, and costly. We are rescued by God at a high cost because to Him we are highly valued (the word precious applies on both counts). The cost and value are represented by the most precious of metals, gold. 1st Peter 1:18, 19 is very applicable here (or maybe the illustration is very applicable to 1st Peter 1:18, 19).

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