For three years, Matsuko longed to return to the farm, near Salinas, California, where her husband Hayato’s family had grown strawberries for three generations. It was home. During the Second World War, she and her family were among the many Japanese Americans forcibly interred in camps.
Finally, the war ended and the Nakamura family returned. But as they stood across the road from their once well kept farm, it was clear all was not well. The strawberry fields surrounding their home were overgrown and the front door of the house gaped wide open.
Thankfully, a kind neighbor saved all the farm equipment, but the house had been ransacked. Almost everything of value had been either looted or destroyed.
Matsuko was particularly distressed that the pillagers smashed all of her mother’s china. Not one plate, cup, or saucer survived intact. She began that same day to sort the broken pieces, putting them carefully back together with glue.
One day her young son, Kato, asked her why she was going to so much trouble. After all, she’d only been able to patch together a few plates.
I must take things broken apart and make them whole again.Matsuko Nakamura
Thank God for people like Matsuko who strive to make things right, who pick up the pieces–no matter how small–and put them back together again.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.Romans 14:19 (NIV)
Is there something broken today that with God’s help you could “peace” back together?
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.Jesus — Matthew 5:9a (NIV)
*This story is historical fiction, but inspired by actual events. The plot and characters are entirely from my imagination. However, Jesus, the Bible, and the life application are real.😇
This post was first published on August 3, 2019.