I have scars. I bet you do too. One scar (my very first) is on my ankle. When I see it or feel it, I can vividly recall the moment it happened.
My carefree little self was riding my bike to the store. The bag I was carrying slipped off my shoulder and quickly became entangled with the wheel. I panicked, overcompensated, and flipped. I landed in the grass not sure what had just happened. I remember getting up, going over to my bike, and catching a glimpse of my foot. Then I saw it: my white canvas shoe was completely red. I had punctured my ankle. That’s when the tears came, and a little drama ensued.
That scar today is less than an inch, but the story goes on forever. It used to remind me of pain, then the fear of getting back on my bike. Now, it’s part of my past, a lesson learned, wisdom gained.
As we get older it seems our scars have much more significance. Some you can see and others you cannot. Some are physical reminders of a transformation so deep it’s taken years to uncover their beauty and purpose.
I was reading in the book of John this past week and the scripture of Jesus’ scars jumped out at me:
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” John 20:19-20
Jesus’ scars have the greatest story of all. Jesus, the Resurrected One, the Wounded One. Just think of all that those scars represent. Proof, pain, death, life, perfect justice, healing, victory, glory… the list could go on.
At Bridgehaven, we welcome the wounded. Those seeking healing and hope from the pains they have experienced along their journey.
- For the college student who thought abortion was the answer to her problem only to be faced with deep regret after taking the first pill. Bridgehaven was there, ready to administer the Abortion Pill Reversal protocol and attempt to save her baby’s life. Now, almost 12 weeks later, that life is alive and thriving.
- For the sisters who kept a secret from one another for so many years only to discover they each had an abortion in their younger years. Bridgehaven welcomed them to participate in a healing journey together, marking this grief with truth and love like they’ve never experienced.
- For the young single father who came to Bridgehaven seeking guidance and support. Bridgehaven is connecting him with a Life Mentor to come alongside him in his journey, providing him encouragement, wisdom, and resources.
These life stories are wound stories. Stories of pain and struggles. Over time wounds will create a scar, but just as Jesus’ scars represent the utterly painful, they also represent the most glorious story!
It is my prayer and hope that those who come to Bridgehaven encounter love and grace that begins to heal these wounds and that the Lord will meet them where they are to usher them into the fullness of His great healing.
Heavenly Father, you never waste a thing. Even the most painful of things of our lives you make beautiful. Thank you for how you love us through the pain and the healing. I pray that you, Lord, would heal the wounds of your children and bring glory from the pain, hurt, and struggle. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.