Scars and Glory

“I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one’ll love you as you are

But I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious”

“This Is Me” by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek,
Copyright © Kobalt Music Publishing

As abuse survivors, we carry scars – emotional, mental, and physical.  That is a fact of life for us.

To be ashamed of our scars is to be ashamed of who we are and who we were meant to be.  Afraid, we became valiant.  Humiliated, we grew resolute.  Weak and wounded, we found our strength.

Our scars are proof of that.  They are proof of the power with which we held onto life…and the Power that sustained us.

We have been hurt and we have been broken.  But we are still here.  We have been defiled and spat upon, rejected and reviled.  But we are still here.

We may not meet society’s standards for perfection.  We may not fit society’s mold of what it is to be acceptable.  Those standards are a product of ignorance.  That mold was meant to be broken.

Our scars are obvious.  But we are still here.  And our wounds are, also, our glory.

“In my deepest wound I saw Your glory and it astounded me.”

-St. Augustine of Hippo



Filed under Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Christianity, domestic abuse, domestic violence, Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Religion, Sexual Abuse

11 responses to “Scars and Glory

  1. The shame is that as an individual in society I know what they feel is true about its drive for perceived perfection.and shun. It is abuse. How tragic, for the perfection we should seek is that of the soul. We would embrace.

  2. “Our wounds are our glory.” Powerful and uplifting. Love and blessings to you, Anna.

  3. Allan Halton

    It’s quite something, Anna, that Christ in His resurrection (now glorified) body still bears His scars, eternal evidence of His suffering– and of His triumph.

  4. We all bear the scars as reminders of our past, what we’ve done, what has been done to us and what has happened to us. Those scars are permanent and all we can do is to guide our steps around them, sometimes looking deep into them, sometimes forgetting them and letting them get dust in the forgotten dark rooms of our mind.

  5. This is a very uplifting post Anna. I’m so filled with positive vibes here.😁
    Sending all strength your way.
    Have a happy and safe day❤

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