"When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when somethings suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful."
I found this quote on the http://ahappymiscellany.typepad.com/a_happy_miscellany/ blog. I thought it was beautiful for a number of reasons. (Check out her post.)
I can't imagine what the Japanese people are going through. I have heard of no violence, no looting, no rioting in the streets. The character of the people has shown through. They are certainly in my prayers as I'm sure they are in yours too.
The cracked object analogy brings to mind an event I went to with a friend at her church. I'm not an eloquent preacher, I speak from the heart. The evening was sponsored by a group of women who had been in the sex trades, and managed to break free of those chains. Now, they try to reach women who are in the same position as they were and show them Christ's love. That they can be loved, cracks and all. Don't we all have cracks? Haven't we all suffered damage and feel less than worthy? I'm so glad I don't have to be perfect Like the Japanese, Jesus fills our cracks with gold! And sees us as even more beautiful than before!