Sometimes we suffer
From a cut or a bruise
Or some other kind of wound
They heal on their own
And are soon forgotten

Other hurts cut deeper
To the depths of one’s heart
With a pain unbearable
They threaten to undo us
And leave lasting scars
That change the way we live

The pain lingers on
Though the wound lies hidden
We all have them
These wounds and scars
Of hurts that cut too deep
We yearn for no more pain
But that’s sadly unavoidable

We are compelled to choose
Between two paths in responding
To focus on the hurt and pain
And feed it’s guilt and loss
Or choose to keep on loving
And find a hope unassailable

Others have scars too
Some smaller and some bigger
And when we venture then to care
We lend a salve that lessens
The hurts they’ve long carried
Giving and receiving comfort
That we might journey on

The scars are a part of living
And some might call them ugly
But when met with God’s love
They can be turned into a story
Of divine grace and strength
And love’s triumph amidst the scars

There is One who bore all
Dying for sins not His own
Scarred body and soul
To restore us to the God well-able
To heal all our soul diseases
And bring us to that place
Where scars and tears will be no more

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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