At one point this was a broken tea bowl. How it got smashed doesn’t matter so much. What counts is what happened to it once it did. An artist took the chunks of pottery and, using a Japanese method called Kintsugi, carefully repaired them. The artist mixed gold into a lacquer and made the bowl something far more beautiful than it was originally.
The chips and cracks, the let downs and break ups, the mistakes, griefs and tragedies that will inevitably visit some among us this year don’t have to destroy us. We don’t have to ignore them or sweep them aside. We can accept them, acknowledge them and play our small part in helping God to turn them into something truly beautiful.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corth. 4:7