This method of restoration symbolises our lives.
It is believed that about four or five centuries ago, a new method for restoring fractured pottery emerged in Japan known as kintsugi, meaning “golden repair.” This technique involves the use of lacquer and powdered gold to repair the areas of breakage. In modern times, artisans continue to employ this technique to repair or fill in cracks in broken pottery. Throughout the mending process, these artisans not only refrain from concealing the mended traces but also allow them to form intricate patterns on the previously fractured pottery.
“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, You, God, will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)
This method of restoration symbolises our lives. Sin creates a divide between us and God, fracturing our relationship with Him. When we confess our sins and embrace Jesus as our Savior, the precious blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, repairs our broken connection with God. When we feel convicted and repent of our sins, God’s grace extends forgiveness to mend our shattered lives. As Psalm 51:17 states, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, You, God, will not despise.”
Dear brothers and sisters, our lives bear many signs of God’s forgiveness of sins, serving as a testimony to the manifestations of God’s love and grace towards us. Let us not disregard these signs and instead let them bear witness to God’s greatness. If there are scars in our lives, we can turn to the Lord Jesus to heal them.
By Ps Law Poh Ing