If I had only known the last time would be the last time
I would've put off all the things I had to do
I would've stayed a little longer, held on a little tighter
Now what I'd give for one more day with you
Cause there's a wound here in my heart where something's missing
And they tell me that it's gonna heal with time
But I know you're in a place where all your wounds have been erased
And knowing yours are healed is healing mine
The only scars in heaven, they won't belong to me and you
There'll be no such thing as broken, and all the old will be made new
And the thought that makes me smile now, even as the tears fall down
Is that the only scars in heaven are on the hands that hold you now
I know the road you walked was anything but easy
You picked up your share of scars along the way
Oh, but now you're standing in the sun, you've fought your fight and your race is run
The pain is all a million miles away
Hallelujah, for the hands that hold you now
There's not a day goes by that I don't see you
You live on in all the better parts of me
Until I'm standing with you in the sun, I'll fight this fight and this race I'll run
Until I finally see what you can see, Oh-Oh
In 1 Peter 3:15 it says, "In your heart revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." I have meditated on this verse, thinking about the answer I would give if I was ever asked the question, "Why are you a Jesus follower? What is the reason for the hope that you have in Him?" I am sure that each person would have their own answer to this question, but mine comes from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, "We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." Yep, this would be my answer.
This song tells us about someone who has lost a loved one to death, and how they would have done some things differently if they would have known that death was so close. I think we all have these thoughts when we lose someone in this life. So this is the time we hold fast to all the memories we've been blessed with. But the song goes on to talk about their loved one being in heaven, where there is no brokenness and where the old has been made new. Their hard and difficult walk is finished. They have fought their fight and their race is run. They are standing in the sun and their pain is a million miles away. They are healed and have no scars. This knowledge and understanding is what gives us peace and joy in the midst of such pain.
No, we do not lose heart....or hope. Through aging, sickness, and disease, our bodies are wasting away, but as we walk each day with Jesus, He renews us on the inside. The troubles we face on this earth become light and momentary when we compare them to the glory that is waiting for us, the glory that far outweighs all the hurt. This is what we learn to focus on, and place our faith in, what we can't see, because we know that everything we can see is only temporary and will deteriorate with time.
Yep, this would be my answer, as this is the thought that makes me smile now, even as the tears fall down....that the only scars in heaven will be on the hands that will be holding me then.
So, do you have any scars?
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