• Scars of Life


    Some years ago,

    On a hot summer day

    In South Florida ,

    A little boy decided to go

    For a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.

    In a hurry to dive into

    The cool water,

    He ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went.

    He flew into the water,

    Not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.

    His father, working in the yard, saw the two as they got closer and closer together.

    In utter fear,

    He ran toward the water,

    Yelling to his son as loudly

    As he could.

    Hearing his voice,

    The little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn

    To swim to his father.

    It was too late.

    Just as he reached his father, the alligator reached him.

    From the dock,

    The father grabbed his little boy by the arms

    Just as the alligator

    Snatched his legs...

    That began an incredible

    Tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the father,

    But the father was much

    Too passionate to let go.

    A farmer happened to drive by, heard his screams,

    Raced from his truck,

    Took aim and shot the alligator.

    Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital,

    The little boy survived.

    His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack

    Of the animal.

    And, on his arms,

    Were deep scratches

    Where his father's fingernails dug into his flesh in his effort

    To hang on to the son he loved.

    The newspaper reporter

    Who interviewed the boy

    After the trauma,

    Asked if he would

    Show him his scars.

    The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter,

    'But look at my arms.

    I have great scars

    On my arms, too.

    I have them because

    My Dad wouldn't let go.'

    You and I can identify

    With that little boy.

    We have scars, too.

    No, not from an alligator,

    But the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars

    Are unsightly and have

    Caused us deep regret.

    But, some wounds,

    My friend,

    Are because God has refused

    To let go.

    In the midst of your struggle, He's been there

    Holding on to you...

    The Scripture teaches that

    God loves you.

    You are a child of God.

    He wants to protect you


    Provide for you in every way.But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead. The swimming hole of life

    Is filled with peril -

    And we forget

    That the enemy is waiting

    To attack.

    That's when the tug-of-war begins - and if you have

    The scars of His love

    On your arms,

    Be very, very grateful.

    He did not and will not ever let you go.

    Please pass this on

    To those you love...

    God has blessed you,

    So that you

    Can be

    A blessing to others.

    You just never know


    A person is in his/her life


    What they are going through. Never judge another

    person's scars,

    Because you don't know

    How they got them...


    It is so important that

    We are not selfish,

    To receive the blessings

    Of these messages,

    Without forwarding them

    To someone else.

    Someone needs to know that God loves them,

    And you love them, too-

    Enough to not let them go.


    Tell Your Family

    And Friends

    How Much

    You Love Them!!! I just did!!

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    Tenderly my friend -
    that's how it will be,
    this relationship of ours -
    between you and me.

    Tenderly I will lend -
    this shoulder of mine,
    in case you have need of it -
    it is here all the time.

    Tenderly I will speak -
    kind words to you for sure,
    because that's how friendships last,
    and forever endure.

    Tenderly I will cherish -
    your words in my heart,
    to listen to your pain -
    from beginning to start.

    Tenderly I will ask -
    God's grace from above,
    to embraces us as friends -
    committed to His love.

    Tenderly I will seek -
    the beautiful things in life,
    and give them all to you -
    to remove all your strife.

    Tenderly I will keep -
    every feeling that you share,
    so you will know for certain -
    I am a friend who really cares!

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  • All That Really Matters

    Life is too short for grievances,
    For quarrels and for tears,
    What's the use of wasting
    Precious days and precious tears.

    If there's something to forgive,
    Forgive without delay
    Maybe you too, were part to blame,
    So make it up today.

    Be generous, forget the past
    And take the broader view,
    Cast away all bitterness and
    Let the sunshine through.

    If it's within your power
    A broken heart to mend,

    Love is all that really
    matters in the end.

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