From Broken to Beauty
May 23, 2018
Often we encounter people who think we are “broken” because we are not exactly like them. We are different. No two people are ever exactly alike and yet, we tend to spend a great deal of our life trying to be like each other. Whether you believe in the happenstance of creation or you believe it to be the orderly work of a deity, one thing is quite true. Our world, our planet, our universe is quite diverse. The world does not have just one type of flower or tree, one vegetable, one type of protein, etc.
People tend to fear that which is different and so, in an effort to protect themselves, they treat those who are different as if they were broken. They bully; they battle; they belittle; they hurt. Those of us who are different are left feeling broken and worse – we become ashamed of who and what we are.
Some of the world’s most beautiful buildings are those with stained glass windows. The stained glass window would be nothing if it had not started out as broken. Each window is made up of hundreds of broken pieces of glass made beautiful by an artist. The times in our lives when we feel broken are just setting the stage for the beauty of living that is to come.
During Pentecost this year we will delve into ways to fill the broken places in our lives. We need to incorporate the Japanese art of Kintsugi into our lives. Rather than disguising the breakage, Kintsugi restores the broken item incorporating the damage into the aesthetic of the restored item, making it part of the object’s history. A piece of plain pottery suddenly glistened as lacquer and gold dust would be used to fill the broken crevices. Pottery pieces of Kintsugi were said to have such value that some purposefully broke their pottery so as to have the repair work add value.
The world can be a risky place and none of us escapes without bruises and scars. We need to value these as mementoes of our survival. Just like the Kintsugi pottery or the stained glass window, our brokenness is the palette for our true beauty to be revealed.