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Scars are strange.

A scar is a new patch of skin that grows over a wound. It forms when your body heals after a cut, scrape, sore or burn.

I still brag about one received from trying a jump, on my bike, off a Jerry-rigged ramp in my friend’s backyard when I was 13. I wear it like a badge of honor, a tribute to youth’s, (somewhat stupid), adventurous spirit.

Scars are showoffs.

I have others, those for years I tried to cover up and keep from being seen. I didn’t boast about them or exposed them to anybody. Yet, they revealed themselves, through attitudes, in conversations and the way I saw myself. Scar tissue of the soul is not easy on the eyes.

The scar treatment I needed was forgiveness. Redemption had a curious affect on the history of abuse I suffered at my father’s hand. It covered the wound and healed it beautifully… but it left a scar… a beautiful scar.

The new patch of “skin” that grew, reveals His heart and shows off His great restorative power. I am a new creation, one that knows the wound but not the pain it once caused.

That’s a scar I’m proud to show the world.

“Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” (27) Then he focused his attention on Thomas. “Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don’t be unbelieving. Believe.” John 20:26-27 TM

Jesus had no issue with His scars…he invited touch, examination and opportunity to believe. I want that same heart…I want my scars to point to Jesus.

How about you? Are there wounds you need healing from?
How can I pray for you?


My pastor and I are doing a sermon series on Total Forgiveness. We’ll soon have a link on our website to listen to all of them. In the meanwhile, If you want to listen to my latest sermon on Forgiveness, just click on the picture. Tags: ,,,


Dusty Rayburn said…
I've got scars from where I have been, but I am amazed at how God uses them for His glory where I am.
Jay Cookingham said… also bro'. God is so very good!
Joanne Norton said…
The Lord has so kindly healed my inside and outside scars. [Oh, FYI, I crashed bikes so often as a kid, and fell while running, and had a few from fights. Still have a few, but don't mind any of them any more.] My soul and spirit scars are much, much healed. By our Lord. Good reminder, dear brother.
Bill (cycleguy) said…
I have physical scars-some can be seen and some not. I also have internal scars- some still stand out but some are "hidden" by the Father's love. I am grateful for that. Thanks jay.
Jay Cookingham said…
So glad the Father knows how to heal and reveal in our lives. Bless ya bro'!
Jay Cookingham said…
His kindness leads us to His heart...there is the healing we need. Thanks Joanne!
floyd said…
Great analogy. I have both kinds of scars as well. Big surprise! For who I was and how I acted; the scars are proof that their is a compassionate God offering redemption to the wounds we self inflict. Thanks for the reminder, Jay.
jasonS said…
We can be so ashamed of our scars, but when the healing comes, we don't have to hide and they can offer hope and comfort to others. Excellent thoughts, Jay! Thanks.
Jay Cookingham said…
Comfort and hope...some of the best therapy on the planet my friend! Thanks Jason!
Jay Cookingham said…
I knew you would have some battle wounds my glad we have a God who loves us! Thanks Bro'!
S.Etole said…
They are forever reminders either for good or for bad.
David Rupert said…
I had a friend who had a bumper sticker, "Chicks dig scars."
Something about loving a man who lives on the edge
Jay Cookingham said…
LOL...David! Maybe that will work for others but not for me I think...I'll ask my wife!

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