Broken, an adjective, defined as:
- having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order.
- (of a marriage or other long-term relationship) having ended.
- denoting a family in which the parents are divorced or separated.
- (of an agreement or promise) not observed by one of the parties involved.
- (of a person) having given up all hope; despairing.
- having breaks or gaps in continuity.
- (of speech or a language) spoken falteringly, as if overcome by emotion, or with many mistakes, as by a foreigner.
- having an uneven and rough surface.
We are all broken. We all have areas in are life that have been broken whether by negative events like abuse, neglect, divorce, sickness or death; or just the natural course of events like moving out of the family home, having a child, or children leaving home that create a separation in the normal working order of life. Regardless of what or who causes the brokenness in our life, how broken we think we are, or how broken others think we may be, there is a healing that can take place that creates an even stronger, more valuable vessel going forward.
In oriental countries, there is a practice called Kintsugi, an art of fixing broken pottery. Rather than camouflage broken ceramic pieces, the technique employs a lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Once completed, beautiful seams of gold glint in the conspicuous cracks of ceramic wares, giving a one-of-a-kind appearance to each “repaired” piece. This method celebrates each artifact’s unique history by emphasizing its fractures and breaks instead of hiding or disguising them.
In addition to serving as an form of art, Kintsugi represents prevalent philosophical ideas. Namely, seeing beauty in the flawed or imperfect. The repair method expresses regret when something is wasted, as well as the acceptance of change. Kelly Richman-Abdou on September 5, 2019
The next 28 days, I will share secrets from the Word about healing your broken vessel. God’s Word promises He will be near, He will save, He will heal and He will bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted.