Words of Hope: Kintsugi

One of the reasons to travel to Mumbai was the opportunity to work with amazing artists to bring Kintsugi experience to social service workers, pastors, and counselors. They work with the broken women and children in the brothels and in the slums. Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese art form that takes broken pottery, mends the broken pieces, and infuses the cracks with gold so that the broken piece is now whole and more valuable than before. 

As I watched the men and women working silently on their broken pieces, carefully gluing the fragments back in place, I thought about how God brings healing to our brokenness. He takes what seems worthless, something we should throw away, something the world no longer values, and instead, as the Master Artist, creates something unique, incredibly beautiful, and artistic. 

Dad to me was a beautiful piece of God’s handiwork. He had been a broken vessel of unforgiveness and bitterness. As he surrendered to Christ’s love, Dad was remade whole. His love for God and people creates a community of transformation, a place where other broken people could come to be made whole in Christ. I cannot bless my Dad enough for the will to surrender to the ultimate Kintsugi master and allow Christ to knit together the broken pieces of his life.

“And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.” – Jeremiah 18:4