So far over the last few weeks, sequoia trees have taught us a lot about our need for each other and have given us strategies on how to persevere. Today, they teach us about healing…

Giant Sequoias have an amazing ability to heal when injured.

Giant Sequoias can survive for centuries, often despite severe fire damage (some even burned completely hollow). How do they survive? New wood continually grows from either side of a fire scar, covering a little more each year until the injury is healed over like new skin on a body. Cross-sections of logged Sequoias show many cases where fire scars have completely healed after the damage was incurred.

Wounds are an unfortunate and all too familiar part of life. Open wounds can be fatal if left untended – physically and relationally. Unfortunately, wounds can even come from people we trust, serve, and worship with!

When a wound takes place, instead of letting it fester, fight for healing. Scars may be ugly, but they tell stories. Let your scars tell stories of healing, restoration, and forgiveness.

What you hold onto can hold you back. Fight for healing. Wounds don’t have to be the end. They should be the beginning of new growth – in your life and in the lives of those around you.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

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