Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy

Serving the Hearts & Minds of Central Oregon's First Responders



Scars are a reminder of an injury from the past. Each scar looks different. There are many different types of scars. Physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, and verbal. A scar is the body's natural way of healing. Scars may appear anywhere on the body, and the composition of a scar may vary. A scar may appear flat, lumpy, sunken, or colored. It may be painful or itchy. The final look of a scar depends on many factors, including the type of scars and where it is affecting the body. Some scars you never see but they are evident to the specific person every day. 
We can’t stop all scarring, but there are things you can do to reduce them. Stitches can help minimize the risk of scarring or using bandages which will help hold the skin steady while it’s healing.  If you have a scar that bothers you, don’t try to just live with it but rather get some help from a doctor, counselor, or a peer.
Often, we neglect to give this same care, attention, and patience to wounds that exist in the heart and mind. This is the most ignored scar that we possess. Some emotional scars and wounds that are in desperate need of treatment may have been ignored for years. Ignoring these types of scars and wounds may result in serious psychological damage. It is important to not only recognize when you have emotional wounds but also know what is needed to heal the hurt. 
Many of us hold on to situations, circumstances, thoughts, mindsets, and trauma long after it has become obvious, we are still being hurt long after the event has occurred. All because scars are like that, they are reminders of something unpleasant, they are reminders of hurt and pain, and they are reminders of our past. Ask any doctor, and he or she will tell you that a scar does not always appear at the very moment of the event that caused the scar. Sometimes it takes a while for the scar to make its appearance. What are you holding onto?
Physically there are ways to cover up or hide our scars, you can apply concealing make-up for example, and there are various makeups available on the market that can temporarily hide a scar. There is even a product on the market that promises to rid you of both old and new scars. 
SCARS REMIND US OF OUR PURPOSE. Here is how I believe Paul viewed his scars, he knew that Christ suffered for him; therefore, Paul was willing to suffer for Christ. And suffer he did! 1 John 4:7-8 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
And remember this too; God doesn’t give us scars to remind us that we have been hurt. God gives us scars to remind us that we have been healed, we’ve been delivered; and we’ve been set free! Although Paul endured attacks upon his ministry, he reminded those involved (the Galatians church) that his scars showed that he belonged to Jesus. Thank God for scars! They may look ugly to some, but to me they are beautiful. It is where you have been and now where you are heading. Psalms says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. “ He makes our scars stronger than they were before. 
Here is an amazing song that speaks to scars: I am They – Scars. Please click on the link and listen to the words. 

You are appreciated and loved!
Chaplain Joel