Before we have a relationship with Christ, we are broken and lost.
With Christ, we are a new creation and have direction. It is only through His grace and love that this is possible.
Throughout our lives, we will face trials. These trials help us to grow in our relationship with God. Sometimes, we may feel as if we have been “beaten up”, broken, or even shattered. Christ does not guarantee that we have it easy, just that He is there for us to put us back together.
In Japan, there is an art form called Kintsugi. It is the process of repairing broken pottery. Some pottery has just a chip , others have breaks. They put the pieces back together using a “glue” made of gold. The thought is this: rather than throw the pottery away, it can be made whole. It is a reminder of the past and the value something truly has.
This reminds me of how God feels about us. We are not to be thrown away when we are broken. The cracks and breaks can be repaired by something extremely valuable and beautiful–God!
When you look at the pottery it is amazing how beautiful and brilliant the pottery is. Let God repair your chips, cracks, and breaks. Let His love be reflected for all the world to see.
Read these words from the song “Broken Vessels” and pray and meditate on the power, love, and grace of God.
All these pieces Broken and scattered In mercy gathered Mended and whole Empty-handed, but not forsaken I've been set free Amazing grace, how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now I'm found Was blind but now I see Oh, I can see it now Oh, I can see the love in Your eyes Laying Yourself down Raising up the broken to life You take our failure You take our weakness You set Your treasure in jars of clay So take this heart, Lord, I'll be Your vessel The world to see Your life in me Oh, I can see it now Oh, I can see the love in Your eyes Laying Yourself down Raising up the broken to life