40 Day Journey with Our Neighbors in Solidarity
Week 5: First Nation Communities at Pine Ridge and Woyatan Lutheran
Written By: Jackie Johnson, Pine Ridge Reconciliation Center
Question for today: What is the story behind one of your scars?
Well, frankly, I could spend a week here because I have so many—some not the visible kind. But I’ll stick with the one on my back. After my breast cancer (and I have two scars from that), my oncologist suggested that I go to a dermatologist since my complexion is so light. Well, you just don’t take that lightly after cancer, so I did make the appointment. And there was a suspicious mole on my back; first a biopsy and then removal. My darling husband Dan was an attentive and compassionate caretaker, but the wound got infected, and it took about a month for it to heal. I had to stay out of the sun for months, and it’s still sensitive. But I’m healthy and more than happy, and that’s my scar story.
Now, who is willing to show some vulnerability and share?
From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
How often we hide our scars, somehow ashamed. Here you are again, reminding us how beautiful each scar can be. Thank you for letting us know; once again, we are marked with your love.
Amen and amen!