• By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 31, 2017
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KintsugiAs you know, my husband, Ken Takeshi Tada is sansei, that is, third generation Japanese born here in America. Even though Ken is as American as they come – a real man’s man who loves football and fly fishing – his heart is rooted in the Japanese culture. He loves talking about his family history, and the other day he was telling me about something called Kintsugi. It’s a Japanese method for repairing broken pottery, and it is quite an art form. The Japanese will repair a shattered piece of pottery with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The potter doesn’t disguise the injury to ceramic piece; he actually showcases it. The lines of what once were cracks – the broken places – now reflect the beautiful bonding agent. The result is stunning.

I’m sure you’ve picked up on the obvious lesson here. Because God does 'kintsugi' on his people all the time. When our lives are shattered by terrible trial, He’s going to put us back together in a way that is far more beautiful, more spectacular than before the trial. Rather than conceal the damage, he accentuates his grace through the broken pieces of our life. It’s one way, perhaps the best way, that He performs Romans 8:28 in us – fitting the broken pieces together for our good and His glory.


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This is really interesting, Joni. And I enjoyed reading it and the whole idea behind it too. Even though at times we may feel broken, God does not consider us to be broken. And it's very good for all of us to know this. God Bless you and Ken, Joni - you are both so inspiring and uplifting!! Nicole
  • April 2, 2017
  • 5:56 p.m.
  • Nicole Allen
Thank you so much for sharing! Our God is so good! He has used you two precious people to bless so many lives.
  • April 1, 2017
  • 3:32 p.m.
  • Virginia
Thank you for this encouraging words. I have lived in vinstant, chronic moderate to severe pain for 30+ years, and my husband was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia in mid February. He has undergone one round of chemo, with more to follow soon. His only chance at a cure/recovery is a bone marrow transplant. We are in the early stages of looking for a donor and praying he stays in remission. Needless to say we are facing a huge trial and wondering how it will all come out. Your illustration helps me picture God at work, adding gold here and there in the midst of. We just want people to see Him in the reflection.
  • April 1, 2017
  • 3:10 p.m.
  • Kathy Cole
Thank You Joni and Ken. You bring depth and meaning to our hearts and souls. Bless you both~mike and karen
  • April 1, 2017
  • 1:46 p.m.
  • Karen Hayes
I have been listening to you for years on WMBI in Chicago. You have helped me grow and learn from the journeys God has brought me through. I'm a 13.5 year survivor of breast cancer. I thank God for the miracles I saw from that journey. The kintsugi mark is on me too. A great lesson for all to realize as you say and so do I "For my good and His Glory". Thank you for your years of faithful service to our Lord n Savior.
  • April 1, 2017
  • 6:59 a.m.
  • Elizaberh
Hello Joni :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful message!! Yes, it´s true, God is fitting broken pieces together like the Japanese do in kintsugi. And then they shine much brighter. God bless you, Ken and all Friends! and happy coming of Easter to you all!!
  • April 1, 2017
  • 6:31 a.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen
Just what I needed to hear today. Your life has been an inspiration to me since I was in college (I'm now 62). You have been coming across my thoughts a lot lately and so I've been lifting you up to our Father. I've been struggling with pain, and been reminded of your chronic pain... may you have strength and grace every day. So thankful for you, Ken's and your teams unwavering faithfulness to God in unashamedly proclaiming the name of Jesus. In today's world your is an increasingly unusual voice.
  • March 31, 2017
  • 11:24 p.m.
  • Deborah Hemstreet
This is a beautiful observation and so true. A pearl started as an unwanted irritant to the happy clam. God can take our weakness and imperfections and use them for His glory!
  • March 31, 2017
  • 10:35 p.m.
  • Dinah
KINTSUGI-- Our KING makes our brokenness SUIT us more than our wholeness. Those letters re-arrange nicely.
  • March 31, 2017
  • 7:04 p.m.
  • Robin
  • March 31, 2017
  • 12:24 p.m.
  • Debbie Rock