Sometimes we are the broken reaching for hope,
other times, we are hope for the broken.
THE ART OF BROKEN PIECES
Do you know someone who is hurting? Someone who needs your love and support, but is unable to acccept help at this time? Or perhaps, you know you can't help, but want to assure them that they are not alone?
I'm Suzzanne, and I'm here to share a way to bring hope into broken situations and broken loved ones.
In a season of my own brokenness, I was lead to the art of Kintsugi; a beautiful art form that fed me with instant hope and eventually took me on a path to healing and restoration.
With insight and wisdom gained through sharing this art with others, I would love to introduce you to this gentle way of holding the pain for another and becoming a light of hope in their healing journey.
THE ARTISTRY OF HOPE, HEALING, AND RESTORATION
At one time or another, life breaks us all. But pain teaches us something pleasure cannot, and it is often in our brokenness our true self and purpose is found.
Many see "broken" as something failed or shameful. But experience has taught me that these fractures and painful seasons are neither. They are instead, the birthplace of new life.
The Art of Broken Pieces is an experience about healing, embracing our imperfections, breaking habits, and learning how your pain may one day be the hope and mend in someone else's hurting story.
Through the art of restoring a broken piece of pottery, let us discover the messages in your trial, the unfolding of your purpose, and the beauty of your scars.
Kintsugi is a Japanese art form that expresses the essence of something broken or imperfect not losing value or beauty. Instead, the breakage is part of the broken vessel's history; a redemption story that makes it even more beautiful for having been broken.
When I mended my first vessel, I experienced what I can only describe as tangible hope.
I want you to experience this hope, too!
As you restore your broken vessel through a simplified Kintsugi method, I will guide you through the steps of Choose, Gather, Covering, Hold, Exam, Repair, and Illumination. Each step involves a series of questions, statements, and stories that help you to find and connect with God in the midst of your pilgrimage.
As you begin to experience these tangible slivers of hope reshaping your life back to wholeness, you also come to see how your scars are not shameful, but the illumination of our courage, resilience, and strength.
When you complete the restoration of your broken pottery, the beauty of its brokenness will be made known in the same way your scars reveal the beauty of your life journey.
Our gawky legs created a braided circle on the cottage floor as vacation photos with goofy smiles, cute boys, and stick figured pre-teens flaunting Marilyn Monroe poses filled the center.
With hesitation and burning cheeks, I added my images to the pile; two decaying barns, a laboring farmer, withering flowers, and a rusted ship fighting the ocean’s pull to its murky floor.
My friends giggled and teased. And, as an insecure 12-year-old does, I laughed with them while under my breath I whispered...
Can’t you see the beauty? Can't you feel the hope welling up inside these imperfect, worn, tired, and broken things? Can't you hear the story of an ending making room for a new beginning?
This began my journey of seeking the artistry of life in the broken, worn, and imperfect.
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