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Broken to Beautiful
February 17, 2017

There is a Japanese word, kintsukuroi, that means "golden repair."[1] It is the art of restoring broken pottery with gold so the fractures are literally illuminated—a kind of physical expression of its spirit. As a philosophy, kintsukuroi transforms imperfection, integral parts of the story, to something beautiful. The artists believe that when something has suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.

 In the same way kintsukuroi might describe the process of transformation that is undertaken in the life of a follower of Jesus to repair and restore brokenness.  Life may break us and damage us but God makes something beautiful of our brokenness through the process of transformation.  James C. Wilhoit in his book, Spiritual Transformation as if the Church Mattered, defines the process as: “Christian spiritual transformation is the intentional communal process of growing in our relationship with God and becoming conformed to Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (p.23). Prayer, our intentional communication with God, has a huge part in transformation and beautification. We become more like Christ when we follow his example from the gospels, seeking to speak to and hear from God.  When we enter God’s presence in prayer, coming before his throne of grace and mercy “we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).  In that intentional act of humility and dependence on God, we become more like Jesus.  This is spiritual formation, restoration and beautification through prayer. 

 How might God be undertaking kintsukuroi in your life; restoring your brokenness to something more beautiful than ever?  So, what keeps you from entering into the same attitude and action of prayer?  How might you experience transformation through regular conversations with God, growing in beauty and splendour through the work of the Holy Spirit?   


[1] Georgia Pellegrini, "Out of His Shell," The Wall Street Journal (5-27-16); source: Mockingbird blog, "Another Week Ends," (6-24-16)


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