In Fifteenth-Century Japan, a style of art originated called kintsugi, or golden joinery. Instead of discarding broken ceramic objects, Japanese artisan’s mastered a technique to repair them with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold. A broken cup or bowl that normally would have been tossed became more beautiful and more valuable than before. Some collectors became so enamored by the art they were accused of deliberately smashing valuable pottery so it could be repaired with the golden seams of kintsugi.
Our God has been practicing the art of kintsugi long before the Japanese came up with it. Notice the words of King David in his heart-wrenching prayer of repentance after his affair with Bathsheba. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. (Psalm 51:17) God not only forgives David and Bathsheba but allows them to have a son (Solomon) who will build the first temple in Jerusalem.
I’ve been listening this week to a CD of the Cantata our choir is presenting on Palm Sunday this year entitled “I Know My Redeemer Lives.” It is filled with some great music, but one of my favorites is a piece called “Broken Into Beautiful”. Notice the words of the chorus.
“But you change worthless into precious,
Guilty to forgiven,
Hungry into satisfied,
Empty into full.
And all the lies are shattered
And we believe me matter
When you change broken into beautiful.
Maybe you feel like a broken, discarded clay pot this morning. Know this! Our God specializes in restoring broken lives and changing broken into beautiful. He’s simply waiting on you to quit trying to fix yourself and turn your life over to Him.
Have a great week!
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Parkway Wesleyan Church
Sunrise Service at 7:30 AM
on the front lawn—weather permitting
Fellowship Breakfast at 8:30 AM
Jesus Film for Children
(between breakfast and Celebration Service)
Easter Celebration Service at 10:00 AM
Come celebrate with us the victory of the empty tomb on Easter Sunday.
Be encouraged by the fact that our Savior lives!!
Christ has risen!!
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Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson