The Crack in Everything


Words and Images shared by Kathy P:

"The ancient Chinese had a practice of embellishing the cracked parts of valued possessions with gold leaf, which says:  We dishonor it if we pretend that it hadn't gotten broken.  It says:  We value this enough to repair it.  So it is not denial or a cover-up.  It is the opposite, an adornment of the break with gold leaf, which draws the cracks into greater prominence.  The gold leaf becomes part of its beauty.  Somehow the aesthetic of its having been cracked but still being here, brought back not to baseline but restored, brings increase."

(Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway)

"And the thing about grace, real grace, is that it stings.  It stings because if it's real it means we don't "deserve" it....I don't want to need [grace].  Preferably I could just do it all and be it all and never mess up.  That may be what I would prefer, but it is never what I need. 

I need to be broken apart and put back into a different shape by that merging of things human and divine, which is really screwing up and receiving grace and love and forgiveness rather than receiving what I really deserve.  I need the very thing that I will do everything I can to avoid needing....

Love and grace are such deceivingly soft words--but they both sting like hell and then go and change the shape of our hearts and make us into something we couldn't create ourselves to be."

(Nadia Bolz-Weber, Accidental Saints)


"Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That's how the light gets in."

(Leonard Cohen, Anthem)

Prayer from the New Zealand Book of Prayer:

We have wounded your love. 
O God, heal us.

We stumble in the darkness. 
Light of the world transfigure us.

We forget that we are your home. 
Spirit of God, dwell in us.



Kathryn Lester-Bacon