I’ve been working on a project at a place called community first. It is a community of formerly homeless folks who are living together in houses built with love and devotion. The current project is to build a timber framed outdoor pavilion called ‘Community Table.’ We are using only hand powered tools and 2000 year old techniques. The guy who is running this project said that timber framers will sometimes avoid the heart wood. You can see that it has imperfections and that all the brokenness goes right to the heart. But… that’s also where the rings radiate from and if your careful you can work around the brokenness and even with it to bring out the strength and the beauty that can only be found in the heartwood.
the Lord is nigh unto them that are of broken heart