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Known By the Scars Genesis 45:1-15

Known By the Scars

Joseph reminds us that we bear the marks of pain we’ve felt, but they need not hurt us any longer.


Our scars are a physical record of past hurt and healing. When confronted with the pain of his past, Joseph pointed to God’s provision for healing — not only for himself, but for his family and his people.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Potty Talk,” August 20, 2017.


If you are a person of a certain age, there’s a pretty good chance that you have a series of scars on your body that reflect a childhood lived without bicycle helmets, elbow and knee pads, and a host of other safety devices designed to bubble wrap kids in safety these days. That banana-seated Schwinn bike with the sissy bar on the back and chopper wheel on the front no doubt led to a couple trips to the emergency room, a few stitches, and a good story.

Every scar is a memory, revealing an unfortunate accident, a random act of stupidity, or some kind of injustice. Maybe you were trying to imitate Evel Knievel on that ...

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