For a long time God has been nudging me about the need to be part of a community that not only shares their story, but speaks of redemption. An honest connection for sharing how God has used our scars as unique qualifications to bring his light to the dark spaces.
It all started with trying to write about my own story and being smacked in the face over how my childhood wounds make me the perfect mother for my own daughter. And how my grief and loss has enabled me to talk about hope and tenacity in the valley.
So I’m starting a series of sorts here on the blog where I’ll host and create space for other people to share their beautiful scars and painful yet unique qualifications. A space for sharing our stories, even the most painful parts all for the purpose of glorifying a God who wastes nothing and is open to redeeming it all.
If you have a story of beautiful scars and would be willing to share it here please contact me and we’ll chat about it.
Today I am humbled to give blog space to my friend Joy Cannis as she shares her raw and honest story of loss and restoration. I’ve known Joy for a while online now and I’m blessed to be in connection with her, hoping you feel the same:
I grew up in a loving home surrounded by “God-fearing” parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. My mom says that I prayed to receive Christ at age two. Though she was unable to decipher my words, she’s certain that’s what I did.
I distinctly remember at age seven, sitting at the kitchen counter, across from my mom, when my dad called to say that my grandfather’s long and painful battle with cancer was over. And just like that I learned of mortality.
I was never afraid of death before having someone that I knew and loved pass away. It made it so real. When my grandmother died many years later, I can remember looking at her body in the casket. Her hands were pale and shriveled.
“Why do her hands look that way?” I asked my uncle.
He replied with a look of disdain, “There’s no blood in her body! They have to drain it all out! Didn’t you know that?!”
I didn’t know that, but I would never forget it after that moment.