LIKE A CRACKED, EARTHEN VESSEL

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 & 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

Gold In The Cracks

Gold In The Cracks

Cracked, earthen vessels…
There is,
about the world,
a broken quality
that is not tragic.
There is,
about the world,
a mystery,
an ineffable conclusion,
that in no way is an end.
There is a holy wholeness
that is beyond logic
and the way
things are supposed to work.
For, in the brokenness itself,
in that unspeakable
non-concluding consequence
is the mystery.
And we,
as broken vessels,
are the fractured containers,
that carry the very thing of which we dream—
the beauty of God.
Healing and nurture will rise
with the certainty
of the sun,
and that sacredness will rise
in these broken vessels
we know as ourselves.

There is a technique by which broken pottery is repaired
called, kintsugi, or golden joinery, repairing broken pottery
with lacquer mixed with powdered gold—

a metaphor for God’s healing
of our brokenness.
And you know these things to be true:
we are all broken,
frail,
fearful,
lost—
hopeless…
But what you do not truly understand is
that we the broken,
we the frail,
we the fearful,
we the lost,
we the fractured vessels—
we hold the sacred, holy wonder
that will undo
the tragic brokenness.
For within our broken, hurting,
troubled hearts
is the mystery that itself is a conclusion
that begins and not ends.
We hold that miracle…
the golden joinery
will make us one again…
It will!
Oh yes,
it will…

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