I started teaching a mosaic class the other evening and I began to show the students how to break glass safely and then place pieces together. “You’ll find that even though these pieces of glass smash irregularly, they fit together somehow, and that’s kind of the magic of a mosaic,” is what I told the class. As I said it I was really reminding myself that people, like pieces of glass, are irregular, the have sharp edges and brittle spots, strong points, and colorful surfaces, and with all these variables, people can fit together like a mosaic.
I just hosted an Open Studio last evening in between a painting job and a Bible study and I realized that as I worked with these people in the studio, all of us of different ages and orientations, different angles and edges, different colors and lusters, we found a common place there in the studio. We fit. It was simple. It was important. It will stay with me forever.
So rejoice in your sharp edges! Your cracks, your splits, your unique shape and color, because you know what, you fit. You will always find a place for YOU in the great big mosaic of life. Love to you dear ones. Come out to a class sometime and witness this cool thing that is happening.
–Emily Cadenhead, Mission Worker