In 1998, a film brought the battlefields of war into movie theaters across the country. Using the invasion on the beaches of Normandy during World War II as a backdrop, Saving Private Ryan graphically depicts the brutal nature of war during an extended battle scene. Those who survived were haunted by images of splattered blood, cries for help and the silence of death. Some of these individuals returned home with visible signs of this violent venture. Others possessed emotional and mental scars, like a part of their soul was ripped out and left behind.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28.
More than eighty years later, descendants have their own battle scars. Survivors of the Holocaust have to live with the knowledge of what happened to innocent Jews. Immigrants have the memories of the hell they went through just to make it to America. Meanwhile, those living in crime infested areas stay awake at night wondering, who is going to be next? There are many that express how unfair life is or could be. Yet, blaming, complaining and denigrating others didn’t save the world from Nazi Germany. Rather, victory is achieved by forgetting your own battle scars by coming together for a greater purpose and cause.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, Matthew 11:29.
Instead of making situations better, divisiveness by modern politicians is only adding scars, one soul at a time. Words are cheap, a campaign slogan to help get elected. Yet, what this world needs are leaders who inspire others to rise above their own battle scars to make the most of life. My largest scar is three inches long, what’s left of an ankle surgery from high school. Prior to this procedure, I was told by doctors that I would never run again. My Christian friends refused to believe this fate, offering up prayers to the Most High. In the end, these prayers of intervention proved science wrong, healing me to be able to compete in athletic competitions throughout my life. While not every story has a happen ending, come to Jesus with the battle scars from your past so that you will find rest for your soul.
by Jay Mankus