What My Scars Mean to Me

Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise Him. Praise the Lord with melodies of on the lyre; make music for Him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing a new song of praise to Him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything He does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord fill the earth. The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. Let the whole world fear the Lord, and let everyone stand in awe of him. For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at His command. The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; His intentions can never be shaken. What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people He has chosen as His inheritance. The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From His throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so He understands everything they do. [Psalms 33:1-15, NLT version]

Holy Spirit as I get older and have accumulated more scars, bruises, repaired parts of the body, survived cancer twice but at the cost of surgeries to remove pieces of my body, as my hair grows gray and recedes I have learned the wisdom from all the experiences I have faced. I have learned to count my blessings and that my scars represent that I survived. I made it through a time that will leave a mark and a memory but did not wipe me out. I also realize I have scars on my heart from loss and brokenness, yet they to remind me of surviving, living, remembering but continuing in my walk with You. Let me never be ashamed of my scars or how I am made for I was wonderfully made by You with a purpose only known to You and me. I have walked many a weary mile but others have suffered as much more than I. Let me always give thanks for not losing my grip on the hope that comes from salvation and eternal life. 

Holy Spirit help me to continue to live my life without murmuring or muttering as I go along serving You. Help life to shine from Your radiance so that others are drawn to You. Let my attitude be one that people will feel free to talk to me and trust that I will listen and pray with earnest for them. Help me to see my scars and remember the pain, the heartache, the brokenness, but also the perseverance and Your presence getting me through so that I can speak with authority that You will and can help others get through their times of pain, heartache, brokenness, uncertainty, and anxiety. For with Christ there will always be hope. I praise You that Your joy and my hope sustain me even when I do not understand or hurt to the point I can’t think with a focused mind. In Jesus’ name, amen.