Grateful

224 Scars and Hope

My immediate family is small…

This is exactly how I started Gratitude Day 127 nearly one year ago, when my older cousin Terry passed.

Yesterday was his memorial service.

My sister and I saw our Aunt for the first time in 34 years since she moved to FL. We also saw our cousin Joe and his family.

It was touching to see the positive ripple effect Terry had on people in the community in which he grew up.

We talked to a wonderful lady who went to church with my grandparents and shared stories of them and our family fondly.

We heard the somber news of another family member fighting a battle with advanced cancer.


Something about memorial services brings up memories of souls who have passed on.

People I miss who have touched my life.

Since yesterday my memories and my dreams have been filled with thoughts of my mom, dad, grandparents, sister Dana, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and, of course, Larry.

All who had the opportunity to touch others throughout their day-to-day lives.

Imperfect, scarred humans who lived briefly on earth but still managed to let the light of Christ shine brightly through the lives they lived.


It was altogether fitting that this particular song popped up at the top of my You Tube feed first this morning:


I have always wondered why Jesus is the only one in heaven with scars when we arrive as pain-free souls.

I have come to the conclusion that it’s so we imperfect human souls will know beyond all shadow of doubt that He is our Savior.

I find peace in knowing that my loved ones are resting in the peaceful loving arms of God and their Savior.

I will be happy to join them someday soon.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

John 3:16-17

If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, I invite you to pray this prayer as I did many years ago:

Billy Graham’s Salvation Prayer

“Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Then go to the website Peace With God to find help and next steps in your walk with the Lord.

XO Lisa ❤️

11 comments on “224 Scars and Hope

  1. Amen! While Christ’s scars bear the ultimate cost of God’s plan of salvation, our scars will be erased by the love of our Savior. Hope reigns!

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  2. So beautiful! Love this song, and your words are true!

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  3. Thanks for this, Lisa Mae. I don’t ask the Lord to remove my scars, but to use them to tell stories of His grace.

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  4. Awesome read again my dear friend ty dorvsharing

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