“There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.”
―Shannon L. Alder
Two thoughts have been consistently making their way into my consciousness lately: Brokenness and Fill-in-the-Blank.
It seems that it takes very little effort to be constantly reminded of how broken we, and this world we live in, are. Examples like storms and earthquakes and people hurting each other in a variety of ways, readily come to mind. So, what do we do about it?
As with all that happens in our lives, we have a choice. How do we “fill in the blank”? What answer do we choose to give for each heartbreaking event we see?
Beautiful Seams of Gold
In the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi, nothing is ever considered truly broken. Kintsugi means “golden joinery” in Japanese. Shattered pottery is repaired by using beautiful seams of gold. A resin is used, to make the bowl look like it is repaired with solid gold.
While few, if any of us have resources that could instantly resolve all of the brokenness we happen to encounter, together we can “fill in the blank”. We can be the seams of gold that help bind up the brokenness in our world.
You may not be able to ship a container of water to a drought-plagued area, but you could join with others and see that a village has a water well installed by a group skilled in that ministry, or simply make a pitcher of ice water for the crew working in your neighborhood. You may not be able to provide food for your city, but you could help assemble packages for school children and the homeless so they have the security of knowing they’ll eat today. Or you could make a meal for the family across the street who may need encouragement. You may not be able to stop the wars and hatred that are rapidly spreading like a virus around the world, but you can be loving and kind to every person you encounter.
Spend a few moments today, and for the next few days, thinking about ways you could be a “seam of gold”, repairing a bit of the brokenness in this world.
Please, share what you discover. I would love to know what happens.
Filling in the Blanks with Love,