Each year, during our Create in Me retreat at Lutheridge, we do a community art project. This year's theme was "broken, but beautiful." For our community art project, we brought our broken things to add to a cross that my spouse had built. The sides are made of wood, with plexiglass attached.
We dropped our broken pieces in from the top.
A close up, as the cross fills.
Much of the cross was made up of broken pottery objects (and wine bottles and dishes). We have many potters who come to the retreat, and they welcomed the chance to put their less-perfect pieces to a different use. And many of us had fun with a sledgehammer as we made the pieces small enough to drop in.
Each year, I try a variety of arts and crafts, and this year, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed shattering objects and dropping them in. I loved seeing how they assembled themselves and reassembled themselves. I probably should have worn gloves--I got lots of tiny cuts.
Here are two different work-in-progress shots.
You can see how we filled in the sides, the crossbeam, if you will.
The cross will live at the labyrinth. The labyrinth itself began in brokenness. Once upon a time, long ago when people still played tennis, it was a tennis court, and off to the side, you can still see the mechanism that tightened the net. Then it was abandoned and the weeds filled in. About 10 years ago, someone (many someones?) transformed the tennis court into a labyrinth. Some day, I'll write a poem.
I love the symbolism of this cross. God can take any amount of brokenness and redeem it. God takes all our broken pieces and assembles a new creation. What amazing Good News!