We try to get the ladies together once every few months, and the men too. Part of keeping a strong church unit is making sure we spend time together, time spent growing closer and strengthening our faith. At our most recent ladies day event we participated in a fun activity, we made Kintsugi inspired pottery.
Kintsugi pottery is a Japanese art work which initially was a way to repair broken pottery. They would take the pottery and "glue" it back together with gold making it more beautiful that it was to begin with. It became very popular, so much so that it is believed people would break pottery just to repair it so beautifully. What a beautiful way to share the representation of Christ in our lives.
In the beginning we are born, fragile little babies, perfect in the eyes of our parents, full of potential that can go whichever way we choose. It's as we age we learn the deceptions of the world and begin to become broken. We stumble through anger/hate¹, covetousness, adultery, etc. The cracks in the pottery represent our lives there, before we meet Christ. The gold lines through the pottery represent our life given to Jesus, as we become His humble servants. Those faults, may still be there, and likely still temptations, but through daily study and prayer² we are "a new creation" in Him. Through God's grace we can be made perfect (more beautiful than before) in Him, by exuding His character, love and obedience, but we need Him.³
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
¹1 John 3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Ephesians 5:3-4 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
²Ephesians 5:8-10 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
³2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Proverbs 8:13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.