Thursday, February 23rd. Psalm 51:10

Our devotions throughout Lent have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s devotion is by Sara Karrow.


Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew my steadfast spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10


Scars tell stories.  The one on my knee is the result of a lost 3-way fight between my 8-year old self, my banana bike, and a gravel street.  Witnessing the wreck, my friend’s mother picked me up and took me home to my own mother, then stayed to help her pick out the grit.  A long white scar marks my college graduation, receiving my diploma in a hospital room after emergency surgery a few days prior.  Five more tiny scars tell of an amazing operation in which my surgeon was assisted by a robot.


Scars are also the sign of physical healing.  They only appear after the blood and dirt are washed away, the scabs have fallen, and our bruises have gone from purple to that oh-so-peculiar shade of yellow.


Likewise, God has promised to clean and mend our messy, damaged spirits with his loving touch, whether our wounds are self-inflicted from within by our own sin or from without as we suffer from hurts caused by others.  God’s healing scar tissue strengthens us from the inside and reminds us of our journeys.  So wear your scars proudly – they are gifts!


Let us pray:  Heavenly Father, you are the healer of all hurts.  Like David, we ask that you pick the grit out of our scraped-up hearts, cleanse our sins away, and renew us with the healing scar tissue of forgiveness.  In your Son’s name we pray.  Amen.



4 Responses to “Thursday, February 23rd. Psalm 51:10”

  1. Tim Says:

    Well done Sara and thank you!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Sara, what a fantastic devotion. Thank you so much for your insight and for sharing it with all of us!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you Sara! Very visionary and made me think of my scars..visible and not so visible!

  4. Bert in Bellingham Says:

    Thanks Sara! Very inspirational.

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