September 20, 2021

Your people will rebuild the old cities that are now in ruins;
    you will rebuild their foundations.
You will be known for repairing the broken places
    and for rebuilding the roads and houses. – Isaiah 58:12 (New Century Version)

Sometimes it feels like there is so much that is broken right now. But we are rebuilding – repairing the broken places. And I keep reminding myself that repairing what is broken takes time. It is slow work that takes patience and requires trust in God. But with God’s help and guidance what has been broken can be repaired – can be rebuilt.

There is an ancient Japanese practice called Kintsugi, which is the art of fixing broken pottery using precious material like gold, silver or platinum. The beautiful thing about this kind of artwork is that it doesn’t try to hide or disguise what has been broken, but by embracing what is broken it creates a stronger and even more beautiful piece of art.

God works in all things. There is beauty even in what is broken. We will be known for repairing the broken places. Be patient and trust that God can take our brokenness and turn it into something strong and beautiful.

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