Mosaics at Women’s Retreat

I am like a dish that is broken. (Psalm 31:12)

Faith Presbyterian Women's Mosaics

If God exists, He is there, in the small, cast off pieces, rough and random and no two alike.
(Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You, p. 367)

On Saturday, April 17th, I facilitated a mosaic retreat for women at Faith Presbyterian Church in northeast Indianapolis. We began with the following meditation, adapted from “Prayer of One Who Feels Broken Apart” in Praying Our Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp:

Take several broken pottery shards in your hands and hold them. Acknowledge present or past feelings and memories of time in which you were broken – broken hearted, broken by illness or loss. Hold these feelings and memories with compassion. Reflect on ways in which you have been closed, afraid of change, rigid, trying to defend yourself against further hurt, further experiences of being broken. And then imagine trusting your heart to break open, to surrender to new life, to let go of what no longer serves you so that some new life can be born within you. See the shards in your hands as the pieces of your former self, broken open through struggle, through growth and change. Imagine bringing these broken pieces of self to the mystery you know as the God whose son shares with us all of what it means to live in a breakable body, with a breakable heart. Ask God to help you piece these shards together into a new mosaic. Spend time in silent meditation, breathing and observing, and see if an image for this living mosaic might form in your imagination.

The mosaics above were created in response to this reflection.

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