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00180 - Kintsugi - making broken, beautiful

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

A Japanese word from the 15th century describing the art of ‘joining with gold’. Rather than simply leave broken porcelain shattered, the practice of Kintsugi, encourages making beauty from its brokenness and increasing its value at the same time.

Gold is melted and slowly melded to the porcelain, highlighting where the cracks were, but effectively repairing the vessel beyond its original state.

Isaiah 41:10 says ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’. (NIV) Whatever happens in life, God is there at there as the master craftsman. If you feel broken, He can put you together again, creating new beauty, that neither you or the people around you had seen in your life before. God loves you dearly, He’ll be with you, always.


God is always interested in bringing the broken pieces of our lives back together.


Lord, thank you that you make beauty out of ashes, Amen.

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To watch a demonstration of this wonderful art in practice visit

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