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When she's not writing, Rachel teaches third grade in Guadalajara, Mexico. She really hates ketchup, injustice in any form, and dirty dishes.

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  1. Oh my, this is SO powerful, it hurts inside. His beauty, His power, His tenderness, His shalom-wholeness being shown in my broken weakness. He is my creator and my kintsugi-restorer.
    Thank you xx

  2. I don’t think I have ever heard about kintsugi. What a beautiful example of redemption and restoration…the perfect picture of what Christ does for each of us.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • I stumbled upon an article about it and then started doing some research because I could not help but see the metaphor of Christ’s redeeming work in us. I totally agree!

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! Hopefully if we can all remember that our scars show the power of the Healer, the church will become a safer place to be vulnerable.

    • Thank you! I wonder if the craftsmen doing the mending ever thought about the deeper metaphorical meaning of the work they were doing… That broken things could be beautiful as well.

  3. I LOVE this post. Sometimes we are more beautiful…not in spite of our brokenness, but because of it. Our brokenness allows God to shine through. Love it!

  4. This is wonderful! I am sensing God speaking to me through this post. I have just last week gotten to a point in my life where I have felt and processed a life experience that I had set aside for many years. I could not deal with its impact because I felt like I would break into a thousand pieces. But, after finally facing it, I feel healed and loved. I think I am supposed to use my experience-from beginning to end-and share it with others in some fashion.

    • Thank you for your openness and sharing! I love that you said that you “felt like [you] would break into a thousand pieces.” Isn’t it ironic that what feels like it will shatter us actually makes us whole?

  5. Heal the wound, but leave the scar. A reminder of how merciful you are…

    ~Point of Grace

    The repaired plate is a wonderful picture example of the song “Heal The Wound”.
    We have been redeemed into something even more valuable than before.

    • I just looked up that song, I wasn’t familiar with it before. What a beautiful connection you made! “We have been redeemed into something even more valuable than before.” May we fully believe that today!

  6. Just love this! God takes our brokenness and holds us together with Christ blood.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

    • Amen! This reminds me of that CS Lewis quote: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” Thank you for sharing!

  7. This was beautiful. I love how you weaved in the history/story of the Japanese culture. How often we think that our brokenness is something to hide, when in fact those ashes can be turned into beauty. 🙂

  8. Love this.

    I’ll have a broken plate filled with gold in my mind’s eye for a while now.

    So good.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Kate 🙂

  9. Wow! This is so inspiring, Rachel. And so insightful. It really fits into what I’m struggling with – to be “real.” This action statement especially impacts me – “In order to show the world that we believe in a God who fixes the broken things, we need to bare our scars in our art and in our lives.” Thank you.

  10. I love this imagery – there is beauty in our brokenness because of Who has put us together. Love, love, love this – I’m going to keep that in mind all day today.

  11. Wow! How beautiful and how fitting for me….because it’s true, if something is broken, the easiest thing to do is throw it away, even a marraige. But, my husband and I are attending a conference on marraige this weekend….we truly want to save our marraige. Like these broken plates, I KNOW without a doubt that God can repair us and we WILL see HIM, the repairer, through this process. Thanks for such an inspirational post. Love it, needed it!

    • You are so brave and faithful! I pray that this weekend will heal and that the cracks and scars you have developed over the years will become a beautiful testimony.

  12. Love this! Authenticity is sadly a rare thing in the church at large, however, it is coming up in more and more conversations that I have had within my circles of influence. Wonderful writing!

  13. I really love this– genuine, transparent, broken, redeemed believers. That’s what our world needs. To see the One whom holds us together. Thank you for this post.

  14. I love this metaphor of making something beautiful out of the brokenness of our lives. This was why I started a blog after the death of my son. I realized there were so many people who were walking a journey of loss or discouragement or crisis or hard days. It doesn’t matter what brokenness you have, we all have it.

    I realized that words can bring healing. That words can make us feel less alone.

    Thank you for the reminder that our brokenness can bring about beauty too.

    Continuing with you in using words to heal,
    Sara

    My latest post:
    When our Plans Fail (Make something beautiful out of this day)

  15. Oh what a beautiful analogy of our Father’s love and redemption!! I am so grateful that because of His compassion and careful mending, my identity is forever HIS!!

  16. It certainly takes great courage to give our broken hearts to Jesus. Trusting Him that He will not handle our hearts the way this world does. Cast all our cares onto Him for He cares of us. (1 Peter 5:7) We give Him the little things and discover that He cares about them and works good. So we learn to trust Him with the most precious guarded pain that we have, like the smashed useless plate on the floor! Buy from me gold He declares, without money. The exchange Jesus is looking for is trust. But who can put a value on the restored soul? I love the idea that when people see the repaired plates that they become more valuable than the original. May others see my life in the same way. He has done such an amazing restoration with the irreparable wreckage I had become.

    • “May others see my life in the same way. He has done such an amazing restoration with the irreparable wreckage I had become.” And what a testimony that can be! Thank you for sharing.

  17. A wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing your experience – I totally agree with you and your commentators above AND I learned about a ‘new trade’ which is so old that I can’t believe I never ever heard of this technique before 🙂
    I shall look at my sometimes’ brokenness with a different eye from now on. I also searched more about the Kintsugi phenomena and found this lovely video on an open platform – just fascinating!
    http://dorftv.at/videos/open-space/424
    Also, I love old ‘stuff’ (including people! lol), I live in an old house, am surrounded by the cast away things of people long dead – they all tell stories and I love them, the stories and the people who lived with them. I’m glad to read that God loves broken people too….

  18. I love this metaphor!! Thank you so much for sharing! What a great reminder to be real with each other about our hurts to point to our healer.

  19. What a powerful word. This esp moved me: “The repairman had left his mark on the pottery so distinctly that it was no longer recognized by where it had come from, but by who had repaired it.” There is such beauty in the broken. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Rachel, wow this is powerful! Such a great illustration. We are made whole because He made us whole. He took our brokenness and made us new. He put us back together. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • “We are made whole because He made us whole.” Isn’t it awe-inspiring to think that, even had we somehow never been broken, we are now MORE WHOLE than we ever were before? Thank you for your thoughts!

  21. This…”The church is not always a safe place to show our ragged edges and search for healing, so we metaphorically superglue ourselves back together and hope no one notices the growing cracks.”…and this…”The repairman had left his mark on the pottery so distinctly that it was no longer recognized by where it had come from, but by who had repaired it.”

    For so long I lived by that first statement. It has been a slow, albeit steady, struggle and climb to get where I am today {and God knows, I am not done, maybe never will be}. So thankful that all because of His love and grace and forgiveness and peace, that we can become more beautiful because of His healing in us and that by His doing we can point to {only} Him when we tell of our healing. Such a beautiful and powerful post you have written, thank you. <3

    • “So thankful that all because of His love and grace and forgiveness and peace, that we can become more beautiful because of His healing in us and that by His doing we can point to {only} Him when we tell of our healing.” We can only point to Him. Amen.

  22. This is so good! Thankful we have a God who can fix our broken pieces into something beautiful-thank you for this reminder!

  23. Hi Rachel,

    We are moving along the same path! I just love, “Our God fills in our cracks and puts our broken pieces back together with something more beautiful and precious than gold. In order to show the world that we believe in a God who fixes the broken things, we need to bare our scars in our art and in our lives.”

    Our scars are unique and make us who we are – and the world needs to see them for them to believe in the power of His healing in our lives. That’s exactly where I am in my journey. I am finally ready to let my light shine through my brokenness. It’s been my mantra-of-sorts this year along with my 2014 word, “release.”

    I can’t wait to see more of your writing!

    Kristin

    • I love that your word for this year is “release”! We are moving along the same path. I feel like everything I have been learning lately has been about letting go, unclenching my tight fist and approaching God and life with an open hand. Thanks for sharing, Kristin!

  24. I feel like I will think twice before throwing something broken next time. And be more open to being “mended” myself. Thank you for writing.

    • Agreed- I’m trying to come up with creative ways to craft my broken things into reminders that my own cracks and scars are beautiful instead of throwing them away.

    • How important to remember that when we are put back together it is with purpose. Amen! We are not healed for our own sake but for the glory of the Mender, always, in all things.

  25. Oh my! How beautiful. This speaks to a very deep part of me. I know that God is calling me to show my “scars” but I am reluctant to. I don’t want to be known for what caused the scars. Like you said, I want to be known for who repaired them! Pray for me.

  26. “…it was no longer recognized by where it had come from, but by who had repaired it.”
    I will remember that line for the rest of my life.

  27. I am speechless……. I am going to remember this story for the rest of my life. What a beautiful visual for our amazing gift of life and all it’s gold lined experiences. I don’t know why I should be surprised……

  28. Rachel, this is beautiful, thank you for sharing these words. Life words. This truth peeled back layers, so revealing of where we live, “In our culture of throwing-away, our churches and communities are filled with broken people hiding their scars in shame.” Thankful for our Savior who redeems our brokenness and mess, who heals us and says we do not have to hide, who makes us beautiful, and gives us purpose, scars and all. Blessings on you dear sister in Christ!

  29. Oh Rachel, this goes along with what my post today (When Healing Hurts)! Wow! I love several of your quotes & am sharing this one for sure! Love to you for sharing such a powerful message, so boldly! ♥

  30. Awesome post! What a beautiful story and metaphor of our Repairman! Praise God for healing us beyond what we were before! Blessings to you Rachel for sharing!

  31. Thank you for sharing.
    I’m just reading this article it touched me soo, deeply.
    my eyes and my heart is filled with tears of gratitude to The Lord whom redeemed me from the
    Broken life.
    Thank you