Discipleship’s Scars

How do you view your scars?

Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) was a missionary from Northern Ireland to India around the turn of the twentieth century. After learning that the little girls of poor families were sometimes “donated” to Hindu temples and trained to become temple prostitutes, she turned herself to the task of rescuing children from infanticide and prostitution. In her poem below–which is titled “No Scars?”–she writes about how true disciples bear the marks of the cross.

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land;
I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star.
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet I was wounded by the archers; spent,
Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned.
Hast thou no wound?

 No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And piercèd are the feet that follow Me.
But thine are whole; can he have followed far
Who has nor wound nor scar?*

Do you have scars? How do you view them?
*Amy Carmichael, Mountain Breezes: The Collected Poems of Amy Carmichael (Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1999), 173.

H/T: Kairos Journal

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