Broken things have better stories.
Kintsugi (金継ぎ?) (Japanese: golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (金繕い?) (Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
“…it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.”
I heard once that we often hear more in what’s not said than what is. So I won’t say much more to give you the space to listen to the quiet wisdom here. My soul exhales as I think about the beauty of being honest with our story rather than trying to cover it up or worse, tossing it because it’s broken. Let’s just rest in this for a while. Soak it in. There is Holy Healing to be done.
Can you feel the gold filling in your cracks? The warm, flowing, rich love of our Father who is filling up all our broken pieces. He’s really the only one who can.
Having been broken and repaired… and made more beautiful. (And having better stories.)
I know I’m not alone.
Read: Isaiah 61
The feature image is a pendant I purchased from A Kintsugi Life. The image and links are used with permission by the creator, Kenetha Staton. Please visit A Kintsugi Life’s Etsy Shop for your handmade, one of a kind kintsukuroi art. Find more about her work on her website, A Kintsugi Life.