The bowl above is an example of Kintsukuroi - the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold in the cracks, to made something every more beautiful. It is said to have originated in the 15 Century when a Japanese Shogun broke a favourite tea bowl and sent it to be repaired, but the usual repair job, of using staples, detracted from the beauty of the bowl. Disappointed the Shogun asked some Japanese craftsmen to help and the art of Kintsukuroi was born.
I love this idea of gold being poured into the cracks to make something moe beautiful and to me it is a lovely picture of what God does for us, through Jesus. Through Christ we can have the cracks in our lives filled with gold, through Christ we can find value in the cracks and the scars of life, we can find new purpose and meaning, we can see the beauty of 'imperfection', we can love ourselves and others in spite of flaws because God loves us that way, He loves us unconditionally.
At this start of Holy Week and as we approach the Cross and the Resurrection may you bring your cracks and broken pieces of your lives to the one who fill them with gold and make them more beautiful.