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Picture Scripture Week 2: Vessel (cleansing and repairing)

September 12, 2018

Picture: Vessel (cleansing and repairing)

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:20-22; Titus 3:3-7; Jeremiah 2:13; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 147:3

Write any phrases from the selected Bible verses that speak to you.

 

Post: Today's focus is a broken vessel. When we compare this image to our own lives, brokenness can come in two ways: through our own choice sin or through diverse and harsh life circumstances. Both situations leave our hearts wounded and in great need of repair. We need a kind and knowledgeable Potter.

 

In order to prepare this post, I googled "image of a potter repairing a vessel." Through this search, I was reintroduced to an ancient Japanese practice called kintsugi. This specific kind of art is a process in which a piece of pottery is repaired by applying a gold seam where the cracks once were. I continued to read and found out that through the exercise of kintsugi "objects become more beautiful than they were before they were broken, reversing our expectations of repair" (article: The Conversation). Now, let's bring this thought to the broken places in our own hearts. Just as a kintsugi potter holds a fragmented vessel confidently in his hands with intention of redeeming it with gold, we too can be held by our gracious and merciful Potter. The wonderful truth is that His intention is to mend our broken places with something that is much more precious than gold. Our Potter gingerly places His redeemable glory within the broken places of our hearts and our lives--to think that it is His immeasurable love that is the binding beauty within these jagged places! Will you let Him into your broken and contrite heart so He can do His redeeming work? No sin is too great; no wound is too deep. Let us resist thinking that if we are broken, we are worthless. In fact, it's just the opposite; through the act of this intentional repair, we become a uniquely transformed work of our Master's divine art.

 

Soul Sister, is there an ongoing sin you need to confess? Is there a wound you need to expose? Journal these things and then let your kind Potter do His redeeming work.

 

Dear Lord God,

We are broken. Our sin chips away at us. Forgive us! Please press Your redeeming righteousness into our repentant hearts. And Lord, we also have deep wounds caused by difficult relationships, loss of loved ones, ongoing trials, and various tragedies due to living in this fallen world. Please come, dear Savior, and apply Your love into these exposed and jagged places as well. Mend us, I pray. Hold us as we both confess our sin and cry our tears. And in Your time, as You care-fully repair us, may Your stripe of glory be what is radiantly visible from each one these broken places. In Your Name, Amen.

 

 

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