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Broken Vessels and Treasure in Jars of Clay
We like new things - things that are not damaged or chipped or broken in any way. When something is damaged or breaks, we throw it away. However in some cultures, old things are more valued than new things. In Japan, for example, broken pottery is mended with gold dust. Rather than getting rid of it, or trying to hide the flaws in the broken ceramics, they actually highlight them in gold, baring the cracks and scars and adopting them as a part of the ceramic. An old porcelain vase is much more valuable than a new one straight out the shop. The old one might have some cracks or chips, but it also has a history and a story to tell, and that history is valuable. The cracks and chips add to its value, because they show that damage can be repaired into something with more character and even more beautiful than before.
Our human body is like a ceramic jar that has been dented, chipped, scratched, scarred. We have pieces that are damaged, broken, shattered, missing. We try to hold ourselves together and not show our ragged edges and we hope that nobody notices the growing cracks. We have all been scarred by the vicissitudes of life and need some gold dust to fill in the scars and heal them. Then what was once a scar becomes a golden vein of repair and restoration and redemption. The gold shines forth. If you put a candle inside a clay pot and cover it, the thick walls of the pot won't allow the light inside to be seen. But if there is a crack in the pot, then the light will sneak out. We always have that light inside, although sometimes it is hidden by the thick walls of the clay pots that house our spirits. It is good that these walls get broken, so that the inner light and Source of our being can be revealed.
Part of the retreat on Inner Healing will examine the defences and strongholds that we have constructed, such as the thick walls of bitter-roots and insecurity. We will try to achieve greater clarity and come to a better understanding of areas where we are wounded and how to heal them. We will learn from and try to make friends with these areas, and remember that God allows pain and suffering in order to bring good from it. God often uses painful experiences to birth our life passions. He fills in our cracks and puts our broken pieces back together with something more beautiful and precious than gold. Our healing then benefits ourselves and others whom our lives touch, because God works all things for the good of those who love Him and seek to fulfil His purposes.
Your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear ...
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you ... , then your light will rise in the darkness, and your might will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:6-11)
There are still a few places available. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a deeply healing experience. This workshop was carefully designed to gently guide participants through the unravelling of emotional debris that so often wears us out and prevents us from moving forward in our life in a more positive and productive manner. So often we wait to do this work and yet, if we just gave the gift of time to align body, mind and soul, we would find that our progress forward is lighter and more fulfilling. I hope you are ready to give this gift to yourself. We have a lovely group of participants and would love you to be part of this retreat workshop too. Our best wishes come with this message of encouragement.