Aloha Fridan Message – November 9, 2012 – Scars and Prayers


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Today I want to send you something about one of the after-effects of healing. This little tale talks about healing in our bodies, but it can be extended to minds, hearts, relationships, and souls as well.


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 mother, in the house and looking out the window, saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late!

Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him. From the dock the mother grabbed her 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 mother, but the mother was much too passionate to let go.

A farmer happened to drive by, heard her 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 mother’s fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she 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 Mom wouldn’t let go.”

You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too. No, they are 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 onto you. The Scripture teaches that God loves you.

You are a child of God. He wants to protect you and 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 where a person is in his/her life and what they are going through. Never judge another person’s scars because you don’t know how they got them.

Also it is so important that we are not selfish to receive the blessings of these messages without forwarding them to someone else. Right now, someone needs to know that God loves them and that you love them too; enough to not let them go.

I never want to let YOU go either!!


Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever, forever — at your service, Beloved.



  • CW and GW both learned that their cancers are growing. This means more difficult days ahead for this loving couple. Pray for them and for everyone you know who is battling any kind of cancer, even for those you know who have precancerous conditions.
  • Remember also please those with chronic disease like JE, FR, DL, and others. Take a moment to especially pray for peace in mind and spirit. For those who have been recently diagnosed with serious illness that has the potential of being long-term, pray for a spirit of acceptance bolstered by a spirit of strength.
  • Pray for our Pastors, Priests, Rabbis, Ministers, Imams, and all who lead others to seek God with a sincere and peaceful heart.
  • Many friends, family members, and acquaintances know to us are still unemployed or under employed. Pray for them to find financially stable, suitable work as quickly as possible.
  • Pray for our political leaders at all levels of government around the world. Satan is just itching for a chance to find a way to have authority over them. Don’t give him an excuse by denigrating these men and women who strive to lead our communities and nations. For those who do so out of a genuine commitment to serve others, pray that their work will be doubly blessed. For those who lead through violence, oppression, and self-interest – pray that they will be enlightened by the Light of Christ.
  • Pray for, with, and about one another. Read your Bible, review your Catechism, learn to practice, defend, and live out your faith. Be the person God created you to be.


In Luke 8:50, Jesus is talking to Jairus and says, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” Folks that works for people, for families, and even for nations.


In Psalm 20:7 we read “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”

Check out Colossians 2:15, 1 Peter 5:8, and 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; we still need to be wary of the Devil. And also Matthew 24:21-25. Go on! Get your Bible! It’ll do ya good!

Love in Him who is LOVE


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