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Born to be Scarred

The topic of scars is something we can all relate to. Many of us have physical scars whether it be from an accident, surgery or injury. Some of us don’t mind our scars showing and others prefer to hide and cover them up. We all also have emotional scars that we carry with us too. Fear, anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, shame – the list goes on. We all have them; it’s part of being human. None of us can escape it.

We know our physical scars have their timeline in which they heal. Although even after complete healing a faint, physical reminder may remain. I still have scars from years ago having laparoscopic surgery done during our infertility treatment season. It was through this surgery that my endometriosis diagnosis was confirmed. The scars are worth it because it was part of our journey that we needed to go through in order to ultimately form our family.

Our emotional scars are an opportunity to heal as well. And we all heal at our own pace and in our own ways. I’ve learned through my own experiences that emotional pain though difficult, can be rich with lessons. I’ve learned that sharing my scars and telling my story allows others to know that they’re not alone. I’ve learned new and healthy coping mechanisms. I’ve learned that despite the irony that both sorrow and joy can co-exist. And ultimately, I’ve learned that God doesn’t waste our pain. God is our source of hope even in the midst of our trials and ultimately it can be used for His glory.

The most significant scars that I know of are on the hands and feet of Jesus. It’s a reminder for all of us that He was born for the purpose of the cross. It’s also our reminder that he’s not a stranger to pain and suffering. What a hope we have at Christmas to celebrate such extravagant love that God would send His son who was ultimately born to be scarred. For you and for me. I can’t think of any better gift.

So as you ponder your own scars know that you’re not alone. We’ve all got them, even if they might look different than your own. But you can find comfort and celebration in knowing that God loves you and cares about all of our pain and He’ll be faithful to carry us through. We have an unshakable joy this season and every day after.

Riddle answer: Water

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