Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
A granddaughter was having fun talking with her Grandpa. As children will do, suddenly she asked a question out of the blue:
“Grandpa, did God make you?”
“Yes,” said Grandpa.
“Did God make me, too?”asked the granddaughter.
“Why, yes, God made you, too,” said Grandpa.
Quietly she looked intently at her Grandpa, finally speaking softly, “You know, Grandpa, God’s doing a lot better job lately.”
Joe Albright of Dial Hope offered this story, and he caused me to reflect about our lives with others at Bay Village and with our families. The granddaughter was right: children do have fewer “scars.” Those of us older folks do have more “scars”—physical, emotional, and spiritual. We have been around the block a few times.
We have graduated from the college of hard knocks. We have scars.
This is NOT all negative. Because of our scars—our wounds—we can be more sensitive to others who are going through “scar times.” Unfortunately, however, sometimes we become critical, judgmental, or even hurtful to others about their scars. When we are willing to admit to ourselves and others that we, too, have scars, we are able to be more patient, caring, sensitive, and supportive of others in their “scar” moments.
So may it be with each of us as we live our lives as “wounded healers” in the midst of others who are experiencing their own “scars.”