Beauty and Brokenness

Posted: May 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

Nestled in the mountains here in Clark, CO with coffee mug in hand,  my musings naturally turn to beauty.  Artist Mako Fujimura speaks of creation and beauty as the antidote for brokenness.   That both fascinates and resonates with me.  My initial response is gratitude for Annamarie agreeing to marry this mess of a man so I could live near beauty my whole life. 🙂

Dostoyevsky is often quoted (from The Idiot) as writing that “beauty will save the world.”  I have not read this work, but understand that in context Dostoyevsky did not in fact believe that beauty alone could save the world.   For him, beauty could not be rightly separated from good and truth.   And it was this beauty, along with suffering, that could arrest the human heart and bring it redemption.

Pondering Fujimura’s thoughts again, I am reminded that Dan Allender and Tremper Longman (in The Cry of the Soul) write about brokenness being the antidote to shame.

So….beauty from shame through brokenness.   That resonates as well. Beauty (with all that is good and true) and suffering leading to redemption.   Sounds like the promises of Isaiah 61.   Sounds like the cross and resurrection.   Foolishness to many, but to those who are being saved – the power of God!

The beauty of my Lord, Jesus Christ, is that He became one of us…vulnerable, broken, abandoned, betrayed.   He died a shameful public death.  If he had been one of Marvel’s superheroes, there would be little we could connect to, but He became like one of us.  He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.

I turned 54 today.  I am blessed.  I have been broken many times.  Over the years I have become acquainted with grief.  Yet I am being redeemed day by day.  My identity is no longer in shame and guilt but in Christ.  I have been surrounded by beauty.  The beauty of a Savior.  The beauty of current and former youth group members and friends who are pursuing what is good and true and beautiful through their brokenness.  The beauty of a family who is real, who has been broken, who is being redeemed day by day.

Where are you discovering beauty through brokenness?






  1. James Allison says:

    Thank you for your post. Keep up the good work.

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