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Scars Into Stars

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Kintsugi

 

He said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples…

–Mark 6:41

There is a beautiful Japanese art called kintsugi. It is the art of fixing broken pottery with gold-imbued resin.

If you see a finished product, you will notice that no attempt was made to hide the crack. Rather, the crack became part of the design.

Twenty-six years ago, I gave up a soaring banking career to work full-time for the Lord.

Since then, my life has never been the same.

Sure, it is not a problem-free life. The road is paved with thorns of persecution, trials, and suffering that have scarred me. But God, in His goodness, has imbued me with His golden grace that heals me and forms me into a new person.

Indeed, I have been blessed.

I have been broken.

It is my prayer that He will continue to use me and my life for His greater glory.

He has turned my scars into stars.

–Jojang

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Written by MattAndJojang

January 5, 2016 at 10:38 am

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  1. We made our changes at about the same time, Jojang. I left parish ministry to begin varnishing boats in 1900. It’s been as good for me as it seems to have been for you, and, in many ways — in more ways than I expected — it’s been very good, indeed.

    Your post is lovely. It reminds me of Leonard Cohen’s song, “Anthem,” and its wonderful line: “There is a crack in everything — that’s how the light gets in.”

    shoreacres

    January 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

  2. Thank you for your kind words, Linda. Matthew told me the same thing, that he was reminded of the same lines from Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem:”

    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.

    Although working full time for the Lord is full of challenges, the joys outweigh the difficulties. My biggest blessing is that I met Matthew, who at that time was also working as a full time lay missionary. I guess, it is part of God’s plan for me… for us… and His plans are always better than my plans…God is good, indeed.

    ~ Jojang

    MattAndJojang

    January 5, 2016 at 10:03 pm


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