During his Dec. 10 message, the second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Breedlove told us about the Japanese tradition of Kintsugi, the practice of honoring the history of broken objects by repairing them using gold lacquer to celebrate the cracks rather than trying to hide them:

“You have this beautiful artwork, these broken cups and broken mugs and broken pottery that’s mended with glazed gold. That’s a beautiful way to imagine how God’s grace can mend and even transform broken lives and broken relationships.”

“The apostle Paul said it this way in scripture, Corinthians II, Chapter 4. Paul said, ‘We have this treasure in clay jars. So that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power comes from God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed. Perplexed, but not driven to despair. Persecuted, but not forsaken. Struck down, but not destroyed.’

“This metaphor of clay jars and how fragile life is, and how God works within our frailness, how God works within how easily our life can become chipped and fractured and broken… In a sense, our practice of loving the way that Jesus taught and exemplified in his life is the gold, the glue that can mend and transform lives and relationships. Our love, while powerful doesn’t erase cracks and fractures of life. But it can help embrace, affirm and somehow transform our brokenness in a way that we know that we are not alone in all of this, and in a way that we know that we are deeply loved throughout life.”