31 Days Of Kintsugi

This is Day 1 of my Write 31 Days series for 2017: 31 Days Of Kintsugi.
For the index page for all the posts in the series, click here.

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Welcome to 31 Days of Kintsugi!

This is the series that almost never was.  I had decided against taking part in Write 31 Days this year because October looked like it was going to be extremely busy.

Then I noticed that over the last year, one post on this blog, Kintsugi: Beauty In The Broken Places, has attracted several times more views than any other post.  God prompted me that it is something I should explore in more detail, so that’s what I hope to do over the next 31 days.

So, what is Kintsugi?

It is a Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with a lacquer mixed with gold, silver or platinum.  The word translates as “golden joinery” and the principle behind Kintsugi is not to hide the repairs, but to make them a feature, aiming to restore the brokenness into something even more beautiful than the original.

It strikes me that there are a lot of similarities with God’s work in our lives and how he can create beauty even in the midst of our brokenness.

Over the next 31 days, we’ll be exploring the principles of Kintsugi in more detail, we’ll be looking at examples of Kintsugi in action- both from the Bible and from more recently- some friends will be joining me for guest posts to share their stories, and on Sundays, I’ll be sharing some songs and quotes related to the theme.

I hope you’ll join me, and my prayer is that you will be encouraged in how God can work in your brokenness and transform it into beauty.

I’ll leave you today with a song by Gungor: Beautiful Things.

“All this pain,
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way.
I wonder if my life could really change, at all.
All this earth,
Could all that is lost ever be found?
Could a garden come out from this ground, at all?
You make beautiful things,
You make beautiful things out of the dust.
You make beautiful things,
You make beautiful things out of us.”

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The Mom Gene

23 thoughts on “31 Days Of Kintsugi

  1. What you’ve said about this art of Kintsugi reminds me of an old Patsy Clairmont talk. God uses Cracked Pots.

    And I absolutely adore the Gungor song. It’s been a favorite of mine for many years.

    I’m looking forward to reading what I can your series. This is a busy October for me too, but I couldn’t pass up the challenge. It’s too much fun!

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    1. Thanks, Christy! I’ll have to check out Patsy Clairmont. I agree, the challenge is intense but also fun. Look forward to stopping by and reading some of your posts too!


  2. WOW! We really are similar in our topics! I love the Gungor song as well! So perfect! Looking forward to reading more from you! I haven’t written about it yet, but have ALSO been thinking about Kintsugi and how it applies to this topic! God does INDEED make beautiful things out of the dust!

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    1. Thanks, Bev! Yes, I love the song too and the more I look into the idea of Kintsugi the more I think it is a beautiful illustration of God’s work in our lives.


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