Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Even When We're Broken

I learned about a special Japanese technique for fixing pottery this last week.
 It's called Kintsukuroi.
When a bowl cracks, instead of discarding it completely, they inject gold into the cracks to strengthen it.
This kind of struck me.. What a Beautiful Concept!
However, a certainly familiar concept.
How often are we the broken bowl, cup, jar, etc? Something happens, Life happens, and we are left cracked and broken.
In these moments, we don't feel presentable. That ache is real as if cracks cratered through our own heart.
However, hands of mercy offer us new and beautiful opportunities to be whole again.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the gold that fills our cracks and makes us whole again, leaving us even more beautiful than we were before.
We are always provided the golden opportunity to start again.
Even when we're broken, we are loved.

"Trust in God. Hold on in his love. Know that one day the dawn will break brightly and all shadows of mortality will flee. Though we may feel we are 'like a broken vessel,' as the Psalmist says, we must remember, that vessel is in the hands of the divine potter." 
-Elder Holland