Kintsugi is a Japanese technique that involves mending broken pottery with exotic lacquer. The seams of the smashed pots are filled with gold, so that break lines become highlights in the design. It is the art of treating repair as the glory of an object rather than something to be hidden within it.

Despite being made new, Jesus retained his scars, and it was those scars that revealed Christ’s true identity. Perhaps, instead of hiding our old hurts and trying to look as though we’re perfect, we ought to share them with one another. Perhaps, it is our past battles that best reveal our present character.

Kintsugi shows us brokenness is no longer an issue. We are filled with gold.

Adapted from Then. Now. Next.: A Biblical vision of the church, the kingdom, and the future.