Embracing Our Scars

What comes to your mind first when you think of Tales of the Kingdom? If it is that it is an allegory, that’s fine, because it is. But we encourage you to follow this series of blogs until you see the Tales as a tool for teaching Biblical principles in a format that young children can readily understand. Just like Bible stories, the point is not the story itself, it is the lesson that the story teaches.

Embracing Our Scars

Some scars are uglier than others. Regardless of their size and shape, no one likes to have scars. Some scars are hidden and some are where the whole world can see. The bigger and uglier the scar, the more we want to hide it, because we don’t want the world to see us as ugly. And we don’t want people to make fun of our scars.

In Tales of the Kingdom, Scarboy’s scars are a result of wounds inflicted by others, so the suffering he endures, both in the wounding and from the ensuing embarrassment, is not his fault. Nonetheless, the scars impose the effect of their ugliness upon him.

We all have scars. Some of our scars, like Scarboy’s, have been caused by other people. Other scars may be accidental, or even self-inflicted. The source of our scars becomes less relative with the passing of time. It is the presence of scars – and, often, the memory of their infliction – that is the greater burden to bear.

We see scars as the imperfections and blemishes that they are. We all want people to see us as blameless and pure. We do not want their derision and ridicule, because it makes us think about the ugliness of the scars that we bear. The problem is that scars – and the ridicule they spawn – are real. But they are the realities in which grace is often best received and understood.

Grace gives us the ability to bear our scars with dignity. Where grace abounds, people look beyond the scars, offering kindness and forgiveness, revealing the potential and beauty of a soul heretofore bound by depression and fear.

We encourage you to bless your children by using Tales of the Kingdom to teach your children the truth about scars and to accept scarred people with grace and kindness. It may also be an opportunity for you to be sure that you have allowed the grace of God to strengthen you against the debilitating power of your own scars.

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