Recently I gave a talk about the healing touch of God and during it I broke a beautiful clay pot to illustrate our brokenness. Before that evening, when I was preparing what I would say, I realised I was more worried about the fact how I will need to break the beautiful pot than I sometimes am about hurting myself – or someone else – with my actions. My thoughts about the pot were, “You are too beautiful for breaking”. Though the pot was only an inanimate object, I apologised to it beforehand saying, “I am really sorry for what I will have to do”.
Yet I think Jesus would tell us something similar, “You are too beautiful for breaking”. Jesus knows what we have been through and so He tells us, “I want to mend you. I formed you in your mother’s womb, you are mine”.
I gathered the pieces of clay, whatever was left of the pot and placed it on the table where the candle was burning. Strangely, I felt like I loved that pot and I didn’t want to loose any of it. Later I took the broken pieces and brought them home. I decided I wanted to repair the pot.
A few days after, I lit a candle in my room, put all the broken pieces on a cloth, turned on some praise music in order to create a prayerful atmosphere, and I started putting the broken pieces together.
It took some effort, some pieces were easier to stick together than others. However, what I soon discovered was that as I found the exact piece that was broken off another piece, they fitted perfectly together, even to the smallest detail. With enough patience, as I found which piece belonged where, the pot started to take shape again.
After a few hours, just before I was nearly done, I took this photo (below). There is something Eucharistic about it! In our brokenness, or rather through it, God’s light can shine due to His love and grace. If I was so concerned about mending this pot as best as I could, how much more is God concerned in helping us heal from our wounds. I did not even create this pot, I only bought it, which is a much smaller investment than creating something. God, on the other hand, created you and me, He invested much more. Well, He actually invested His very self to help us in every possible way – so I believe that He is much more concerned about making broken people whole, than I was about putting back together this beautiful pot.
© Iva Beranek (Dublin, 21st February 2016)
Photos by © Iva Beranek