For Your Heart Peace
A Word from Heart & Peace Counselor Solimar Marin
KINTSUGI… a story of broken pieces, scars and beauty
“Kintsugi” or “kintsukuroi” is an ancient Japanese technique by which broken pottery artifacts are repaired with seams of gold. The Japanese meaning for the word “kintsugi” is “golden joinery” or “golden repair”. Dating back to the 15th century, the elaborated repairing process entails the use of “urushi” lacquer (a toxic material derived from poison ivy itself that poses a real threat to the artisans working with it) and powdered gold. The unique process of reparing and the expensive materials, along with the practice required to master the technique, has made it very difficult to find artisans still offering this kind of craftmanship. The final product of the traditional “Kintsugi” method is an exquisite and expensive work of art. Each piece, once shattered and deemed disposable, now displays an unparalleled beauty which is accentuated by means of the golden scars the piece has.
When I first came across a picture of a “Kintsugi” piece I was captivated by its beauty. There was something about it that spoke to my heart. I searched all the images in the internet that I could find. I saw hundreds. Each artifact different and unique in size, form, color, fractures, the number of broken pieces mended. Each repaired vase told a story of brokenness and restoration. A story of hurt and hope. A story of hopelessness and redemption. Then, it all dawned on me. I could see myself and read my story in each piece. Moreover, the repaired vases with its golden scars reminded me of God’s redemptive love toward humanity. We are all “Kintsugi” pieces in the hands of the Master Potter.
We have all experienced pain and hurts of different kinds and nature. Suffering is a thread interwoven in the tapestry of our lives and it unifies the human experience. Suffering can come from three sources. First, our own sinful decisions and actions. For example, someone that decides to engage in a relationship with a married person, or one that decides to gamble his/her salary. Second, we can experience pain due to another person’s sin against us. This would be the case of a child who is sexually, physically or emotionally abused. Third, suffering can come as a natural consequence of the fallen world we live in. There is cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, hurricanes, earthquakes, the loss of a mother, father, son, daughter, a dear friend, or the loss of a job.
As we can see, no one is immune to the experience of pain and suffering. To be alive in this world means to be acquainted with it. However, the narrative of the world rejects suffering, vilifies it and tries to keep it on the margins. This outlook takes us to a place of shame and guilt as if suffering is something to be hidden in the deepest corners of our souls. As if the broken pieces of our lives need to be silenced, discarded and rendered useless.
Like the craftsmanship of “Kintsugi”, Jesus offers us a different way. His time on Earth points us to a life of purpose, meaning, hope, and victory in the suffering. The Son of God himself, “a Man of sorrows and pain acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3, AMP), offered his life for ours. Rejected, mocked, betrayed, humiliated, tortured and killed for you and for me. His suffering gave humanity eternal hope and salvation. Our Savior teaches us to embrace our suffering, not to hide or negate it, and while we sit with our pain and hurt to learn to trust Him. He will pick up our pieces with extreme care. He will see to it that each piece is put back together. He will cover the newly joined pieces with the lacquer of his precious blood. Then, each of our scars will be powdered with gold.
Right now, whatever your circumstances, in the midst of your pain and suffering, He is creating beauty out of your shattered pieces. In the places where you thought you lost yourself, He meets you with lovingkindness, mercy, and utmost compassion. Every hurt and pain turned into a precious golden scar… Each of us, a unique work of art in His redemptive hands.
“Yet, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our Potter, And we are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8, AMP
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