“Scars of the Soul”

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“Surely, he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed” – Isaiah 53:4-5

On a hot summer day in South Florida, a child decided to go swimming in the lagoon behind his house. He ran out the back door, threw himself into the water and swam happily.

From the house, his mother looked at him through the window and saw with horror what was happening. Then she ran to her son screaming at him as loud as she could. The child was alarmed and started swimming towards his mother, but it was too late. From the dock the mother grabbed the child by her arms just as an alligator grabbed his legs. The woman determined, pulled with all the strength of her heart. The crocodile was stronger but the mother was much more passionate and her love did not leave her. A man who heard the screams rushed to the place with a gun and killed the crocodile.

The boy survived and although his legs were extremely damaged, he could still walk. When he came out of the trauma, a reporter asked the boy if he would show him the scars on his legs. The little boy raised the bed sheet and showed it to him.

But then, with great pride, he rolled up his sleeves and said: "But what you should see are these." They were the marks of his mother's nails that had been pressed hard on his arms. "I have them because mom did not let go of me and saved my life."

Moral: We also have scars from a painful past. Some are caused by our sins, but some are the mark of God that has sustained us strongly so that we do not fall into the clutches of evil. God bless you always and remember that if your soul is hurting, it is because God grabbed you so strong to keep you from falling.

“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire” – Matthew. 19:7-9.

-Jaime Restrepo