“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Khalil Gibran

By: Gabriela Yareliz

Have you ever had a dream where everything you fear may never come true becomes reality?

When we sit back and look at the things we are afraid of, or the things we harden ourselves against, and sometimes even the things we want, we realize our reactions and expectations are a result of our life experience.

It feels like sometimes we are sinking, we are panicking, and we take our eyes off of God. It reminds me of the scene when Peter was on the water walking toward Jesus. (Matthew 14: 22-33). We are sinking– when suddenly, Jesus stretches forth His hand, and He asks us “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31).

There is so much out in the world; hurts, pain and suffering that can kill our spirits, but God promises life.

“I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believes in me, though he be dead shall live. And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believest you this?” John 11: 25-26

“Jesus said unto her, Said I not to you, that, if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:40

There are things that cut you deep in life, and they do leave scars.

However, as Jonny Diaz sings in his song Scars:
/Praise God we don’t have to hide scars
They just strengthen our wounds, and they soften our hearts.
They remind us of where we have been, but not who we are

So praise God, praise God we don’t have to hide scars/

Just as there is so much hurt in life, there is so much beauty. Last year, I met people who I noticed were afraid of a lot of things. I actively battled against my own fears (that is still necessary at times). But this year, this year we should not be a people ruled by fear.

Two of the most beautiful things in the world are strength and scars; Strength shows wisdom and scars show healing.


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