Hello, everyone! I am so excited to be blogging for American Baptist Women’s Ministries, which gives me a chance to share some of my thoughts with you. I hope something I say will inspire you in some way!
During our observance of Domestic Violence last October, my pastor at church preached a sermon entitled “The Beauty of the Scars.” During that Sunday we were focusing on domestic violence, making those in my church aware of the issues and what to do if they are faced with it in any way. I want to focus on those who have been involved with domestic violence in the past or those who are currently facing a situation of that nature now.
Many times those who have been a victim of domestic violence and abuse are ashamed of their scars, both mental and physically. Often times, women are quick to hide their scars in an effort to forget the past or in thinking that the scars take away from their beauty.
I want each of you to know that your scars make you beautiful. There is beauty in your mental, emotional, and physical scars. Literally, scars indicate that you once were wounded. Eventually the wound healed and closed, leaving behind remnants in the form of a scar. Even though you may not think so, scars are important reminders of the healing that has since occurred.
Jesus Christ and his scars were important, not only in that he died, but that he died for us and our salvation. Without those scars left by the nails in his hands and feet, the crown of thorns on his head, and the piercing of his side, we would not have the opportunity of everlasting life and salvation. Those scars represent the covenant Jesus made with God to save the world–they remind us of the healing that God gives to us through Christ–and they are most certainly beautiful.
To those of you who have been abused and were left with scars in various forms, know that these scars are beautiful. They represent strength, and they represent God’s blessing for helping you to overcome that situation and continuing to live life. So please, I’m asking you: Don’t be ashamed of your scars, for they are a testimony and tell a story that just might help someone along the way.
Peace, Love, and Joy.
This blog post is contributed by Christina Turner, who is serving as an intern for AB Women’s Ministries “In Their Shoes” podcast and this blog during the 2012-2013 program year. Christina is a 22 year-old recent graduate of Washington State University with a B.A. in Communication. She first got involved with American Baptist Women’s Ministries and AB GIRLS in high school and went on to serve on the AB GIRLS National Leadership Team. Christina attends People’s Institutional Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington. She has dreams of one day hosting her own talk show or serving as Lifestyle Host such as those on The View or The Today Show. Christina enjoys shopping, sports, being a Super WSU Cougar fan/enthusiast, and spending time with her family and friends.