Pastor Perspective

Pastor Paul Mattson

March 2018

. . in Pastor’s Perspective:

Every scar tells a story.

On my body I can point to scars from dog bites, a fall down the stairs as a child (that explains some things!), baseball and swimming pool accidents, and numerous other cuts and scrapes that have occurred through the years. These scars were not my choice to receive.

I can also point to two scars on my body that were my choice—one on my lower back, from successful surgery several years ago to repair a disc, and now another on the front of my neck to allow the spinal chord and nerves in my neck additional room to heal and more freely move.

Every scar tells a story.

With the latest scar on my neck, I can tell the stories of a befuddling diagnosis, caring and competent doctors and medical staff, a sobering prognosis prior to surgery, remarkable (miraculous!) recovery and healing from surgery, much to the delight and amazement of sur-geon and doctors, and the care and prayer from many of you in the Body of Christ. And through it all, no physical pain. In all these stories—thanks and glory be to God!

Every scar tells a story—and in this case many stories—all of which are God stories.

In the coming weeks, we again travel towards Holy Week, a special time of the year to remember and reflect upon the scars that Jesus willingly took upon himself—on his body, head, hands and feet—to take the punishment and pay the penalty (once and for all) for our sin.

The Bible says, “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 53:5) 

Every scar tells a story.

The scars of Jesus tell the story of God’s amazing love for you and me. And through the scars of Jesus, God works to provide the best and ultimate healing of all—the forgiveness of sins—a healing that brings with it the promise of eternal life with God for all who believe.

Every scar tells a story—and with it, the process of healing happens.

May God continue the process of bringing his peace and healing more deeply into your life, a healing that comes to us from the inside—out.

Still healing, in Him, Pastor Paul