My candle holders had accumulated much wax over time; so, I decided to clean them off. In the process I dropped one on the floor and the base shattered.
Sometimes, in the process of cleaning things up, things can fall apart.
I carefully searched for the pieces and swept up the mess. There was still wax on the pieces so I heated them and let it melt away. While trying to glue them back together, I realized the melted wax had formed a thin veneer, making it impossible for the glue to bond.
Our past sticks to us in unforeseeable ways, sometimes making it hard to fix what was broken.
I took out some sandpaper and roughed up the broken edges. I used rubbing alcohol to wash the particulate wax away. The edges became rough to the touch.
Sometimes part of the process is becoming a little rough around the edges. It’s the only way things will stick.
I carefully applied glue to both the main and the first broken piece. I held them together by hand. I patiently waited for the glue to bond. I gave it three times as long as the directions indicated.
Give broken parts space and time to heal and bond. Be gentle and patient.
One piece after the next the base came together and stayed. I applied masking tape to the bottom of the holder to give it extra support while the glue finished setting up.
There are visible cracks, but it is whole again.
Which candle holder is better?
The one which remained whole or the one with scars?
They are equal in my eyes. Each candle holder can hold a light.
The one that remained whole should not be jealous of the other’s scars.
The scarred one should not be jealous of the other’s holiness.
They are measured by their use.
Neither Holiness nor Brokenness is a virtue. Virtue rests in the light which is carried and shared.