Once in a real museum I saw a centuries old example of the Japanese art of kintsugi—”golden joinery.” In kintsugi, broken pottery is repaired with a lacquer mixed with powdered gold, so that the fissures are not merely repaired but made beautiful, as precious metal is visible only where there was brokenness.
As thoughts turn toward harvest and Thanksgiving, I feel such gratitude for glue of the spiritual sort. God finds our brokenness and repairs it. God never promised to keep us from breaking, but God did offer us an unbroken word that everything we need is at hand.
This message is an excerpt from “Repairing What Is Broken” by Karen Craigo in the November 2016 issue of Gather magazine.