Scars In Heaven

Album: Yet To Be Titled (2021)
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  • 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

    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, yeah, are on the hands that hold you now

    Hallelujah, hallelujah
    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

    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 Writer/s: John Mark Hall, Matthew West
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Comments: 39

  • Deb Johnston from West Lafayette, InThe first time I heard this song I was driving, and as I listened to the words, I started crying so hard I had to pull over to the side of the road and stop. For the first time since June 2020, when my husband unexpectedly passed away, I felt a real sense of peace and calmness. I was reminded that he was truly in a better place. Thank you, Mark Hall, for sharing this message so beautifully.
  • Jamie from HoustonThank you for this song - every time that I hear it, I think of my daughter that past away February 2021 - it gives me great comfort and reminds me not to be sad because I will see her again one day! God Bless y'all!!
  • Lana Oyler from VirginiaCan't begin to tell you what this song means to us and brings such comfort - our son passed away right after Christmas 2020, leaving behind wife, 3 small children. We listen to this so often knowing the comfort that he truly is in the hands of Jesus our Savior Thanks again
  • Cindy Wood from Buffalo Sc 29321Scars in Heaven touched my heart the very first time I heard it ! The writing of this song is absolutely perfect for those who are going to heaven ; this was sang at my best friends funeral a week ago who had a liver transplant two years ago and was doing fine but unfortunately Covid was the cause of her death … I was absolutely broken …. I am going to try and find this CD as soon as possible! Casting Crowns really speaks to my soul … Thank you so much for what y’all do
  • Kiera from Troy NyMy mom currently has stage 4 lung cancer and all the treatments and trials have failed. I know where she is going when she passes but that doesn’t erase all the suffering I watch her go through. This song has been a blessing even though she is still with us.
  • Marta Hooker from Huntington, West VirginiaThis song is my tribute to my daughter Shelley Mathis in Heaven. She had sinus surgery and the doctor punctured into her brain causing seizers and she died on March 10, 2016. Shelley would have been 40 on the 16th of March. We found a test that showed what he removed was brian matter but was found after discovery and the Judge would not allow it to entered into evidence so we lost the case. Her three children was left without a mother and the youngest daughter Ainsley is Autistic and now is 13 years old, her middle daughter Kassidy is now 19 years and cheers for Marshall University, her oldes is Jonah 23 years old and is training to be a Huntington West Virginia police officer. He and his wife Amber recenly (1 month ago) made me a Great Grandmother, Silas Joel Mathis. Joel was my husbands name and I lost him to cancer two years ago. Scars in Heaven is meant to keep me going for as you have read my daughter had many scars as I have.
  • Tracy Lynch from Buford GaHello and thank you this song is so amazing and appropriate in so many ways. A very close friend of me and my wife text this to me this morning as she drove to work thinking of my wife. My lovely wife Jeanie D. Lynch passed away three weeks ago due to covid 19 we were both sick and was hospitalized, her symptoms got much worse, I was treated and discharged and she had low oxygen and ended up in ICU and shortly after on life support. I immersed myself into the word of God trusting that she would be healed and returned home in my arms. Unfortunately she didn't recover and lost her life and apart of me was lost. I have found myself in a place I thought I would never be especially during this point in our lives. My wife was 48 and I am 53 and we had so many plans and goals and it has been cut short. I have been asking why and how do I move forward and listening to this song opened my heart to some new things, I still have struggles and its agonizing and I'm shattered to my core, I lost the love of my life whom I had a magnificent connection with for fourteen years. Our married was beautiful and I feel so lost now. After I listened to this song I also listened to the story behind the song and I realize its going to take the grace of God to get me through this. But thank you to the group who made this song its absolutely wonderful, God Bless you all and your families.
  • Ann from Columbus OhMy mom went to Heaven today while we were listening to your song. I had been hearing it every time I visited this past year and it made me really appreciate the time I spent with her not knowing when it would be the last time. She had been in hospice this last week, in so much pain, but holding on. I had read scriptures and said prayers to her all morning, telling her she had fought the good fight and ran the race and it was time to be rewarded. I told her about this song, played it for her, crying the whole time, when she took her last breath. This song really expresses how I feel. Thank you!
  • Peggy from Lake Stevens WaThis song is amazing. My husband passed away suddenly in March 2021. We would have been married 40 years in May. I hear this song just before the 6 month anniversary of his death and it gives me great comfort.
  • Marie from Charlton NyHeard this song today thank you. My dear Jack it will be 2 years since you left us at 24 on September 24 so beautiful.. . So many hearts are broken were loved! The sport you were in..I had know idea the kind of pressure you were under and the concussions. We were and are so proud of you Jack, you will always be our hero. Love Mom, Dad and Harry.
  • Annette from Volcano CaWow this song is Amazing. The Casting Crowns did a wonderful job with God hands. My Mom has 2 different cancers and she states she is tired and its time. This song is amazing and I have had my family listen to it with there Heart and to listen to the words carefully so they can really understand the song even more and oh my watch the Video as Christians we all will miss our Loves one but putting faith in Gods hands does make it a little easier.
    May God Bless every One and have Faith.
  • Daphne from Parker CoI heard this song for the first time less than a week before my Dad passed away. God sends hugs from heaven. This song was just what I needed to reassure me there are no scars in heaven!
  • AnonymousThat is a beautiful song heard it for the first Time last weekend
  • Tony from Rose Hill VirginiaThat's a very precious song to me means a lot to me my Mom's done going on
  • Lauren from WvHeard this song for the first time today, lost my dear husband unexpectedly May 10, 2019, this song is such a blessing to me.
  • Peggy Brutscher from Louisville KyLove this song. It makes me think of my parents and sister in heaven. I can think of them everyday walking with no pain and enjoying everyday. My mom passed away in 2011, my dad and 2015 and my sister 2017. They all passed away unexpectedly and it was hard. Thank you for such a beautiful sond.
  • Bill Roe from Ogden UtahThis song speaks to me so much, being my wife Tammi went home to be with The Lord back on January 14, 2021. Not from the virus but from complications of a car accident back in 1984 that left her a paraplegic. We were married for 26 1/2 years. I miss her like nothing else. I wish to God I would have cherished each day I had with her more. I love you Tammi. Til I see you again my love.
  • Joseph Amatangelo & Gail from Powell, TnThis will be another song for the glory of God about loved ones moving on to the "Promised Land," as is the song "I can only imagine!!"
  • Carollee Darger from Orem UtahThank you! Thank you! for this Incredible Inspired song!! It is helping me heal so much after the passing of my Dear Sweetheart after many many years of his suffering and my caregiving that I have ended up in the hospital multiple times after his passing! I almost went with him and wanted to many times! I play it hundreds of times a day! I have it playing on repeat. Sometimes I sing to the top of my lungs with it because it helps me feel so much better!! There are no words to Express my heartfelt Gratitude!! God Bless you all for you comfort and service to humanity!
  • Kelly Bloodworth from Newnan, GaI lost my 2 year old granddaughter Riley tragically on October 15, 2019. My life has not ever been the same since. I miss her terribly. She was a "Mimi's Girl" and I had so many things that I wanted to do with her and for her. She was the youngest of our 8 grandchildren. Sadly, the person responsible for her death has yet to have his grand jury trial due to Covid. He walks freely and moved on with his life like nothing ever happened. Every time I hear this song I cry. I know exactly whose hands are holding my granddaugther's and it gives me peace.
  • Peggy B from Fairview Park OhI lost my husband on June 18, 2021. Looking through his playlist history on his iPad I came across this song, listened to it and loved it. I knew it had to be included in his memorial service which we had this past Saturday, August 21st (which would have been our 45th wedding anniversary). The minister, my husband's cousin, bought the sheet music and learned this song which he played and sang at the end of the service. I think everyone was in tears. Thank you for this gift.
  • Robin from Eastern Shore Of Maryland I lost my dad 12/29/2018. I helped my mom care for my dad. I am a Daddy's girl that was the hardest part not being able to take his suffering for him. This song has helped (yes with lots of tears the first few times I heard it ). Thank you I know we will be standing in the sun together again one day. Thank you and God Bless.
  • Anne from MarylandI lost my Mother in 2016. I never feel that she is a peace. This song gives me hope that she is.
  • Cindy from OhioI lost my son to cancer. Age 31. Married with a daughter almost two and identical twin boys he never got to meet. I know hes in a better place and free of pain. He is with our good Lord. We will be together again one day.
  • Monique from OhioBeautiful, Beautiful song. I was asked to sing this song in remembrance for a friend's 17 year old son who passed away following complications from a brain tumor. I am truly honored.
  • Alexis Crank from KansasI lost my sisters along time ago I was little my bio parents tried to hurt us and I think they killed one of my sisters at 3 months old this song makes me cry or tear up because I think about them mg other sister died when she wasn’t born
  • Rob from NyWe head up a grief group for parents who have lossed a child. We are Christians, however are available to anyone in need of the Lord's comfort through this outlet. Last month, after praying we opened up our get together with this beautiful song, thank you Mark and the group. We lost our precious young adult son, Greg, in 2018, and once again the Lord has spoken fo us of His faithfulness! Thank you!!
  • AnonymousMy husband and I lost our first child, our daughter on May 07 this year. She was only 6 months old when it happened. She spent the whole time in the hospital. Lately, it makes me think that she suffered a lot from the time that she was in my womb until her last breath. I can only wish that she's no longer in pain or in any suffering. That just like what was said in this song, she's in the arms where there will be no pain. Not a day goes by when I don't think of having her in my arms again.
  • Bill from VirginiaMy wife and I lost our 43 year old daughter on April 8 of this year to 4th stage colon cancer. She survived 2 1/2 years after first diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer, then with stage 4. I first heard this song on Father's day. I felt that is was my daughter saying, "It's all right dad. I don't have scars any more. Happy Father's day, dad."
  • Terese from New JerseyThis is to Jack from Georgia. Yes, Jesus will bear their scars on His hands and feet as a reminder to all for what He has done for us. Don't you remember doubting Thomas in the bible? He wouldn't believe it until he saw Jesus's scars on His hands and feet. Jesus showed them to him. And Thomas believed. Read the Bible.
  • Jack from GeorgiaThe song sounds good but is biblical incorrect. The Bible says that Jesus ascended to heaven transformed, renewed to His rightful self, and glorified by the Father. SO... Jesus will not have any scars, no disformed body. If the Bible says that we will be transformed, with a new body, whole with no sickness, why should the Savior be less than us in body form in heaven?
  • Josh's Mom from KyI lost my beloved son on June 12th, this year. He was only 38, was married, and had 2 teenage children. The first time I heard this song I had to turn it off because it caused me so much pain. I was finally able to listen to the whole song, and though I am still hurting, I am glad that he is in the arms of our Savior. I pray for all those, who are like me, and need to be uplifted, will find some measure of comfort in the knowledge that their loved ones are indeed in the arms of the Lord.
  • Dee Tso from Tohaali,nmWhen I first heard this song it touched my heart. I cried thinking of my son who passed in January of this year. As I sang along tears rolled down my face. I was comforted and it gave me hope to see my son again in heaven. Thank you
  • Gary Taylor from Houston, Tx.I lost wife 21/2 years ago to Alzheimer's, she was 56. I can't wait to join her and see the hands that held her.
  • Patricia Helm from 71913This song touched my heart the minute I heard it. My husband went to meet Jesus in July 2016, out of pain and in the arms of our Lord and Savior. I am a singer, so I want to try and get the music and lyrics to sing at our church, if I can because I cry every time I sing it and hear it. Thank you for blessing us with this song!!
  • Larry from TexasMy parents both died 3 days apart in October from Covid. They were faithful Christians. I know where they are spending eternity. This song brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. The words are perfect for those grieving for a lost loved one, but at the same time rejoicing knowing they are with the Lord God Almighty. I look forward to the day I can join them.
  • Marcia from Rye NhThis song really touches my heart. I lost my husband February 27 this year
  • Leann Walters from St George, UtI came across this song yesterday and it brought tears to my eyes and such a warmth to my heart. My niece lost her 19 year old son to suicide a few years ago and it really made me think of her and what she has been going through. This song, this message is for anyone who has lost a loved one. Thank you for sharing this amazing gift of God's love for us.
  • Mariam Barringer from WaI just recently lost my husband of 57 years and your song "Scars In Heaven" really touched my heart & soul! I must have played it 5-6 times! Crying the whole time!! Is there any way that I can purchase this song/video on CD? My husband & my anniversary was June 6th (of which I understand that that is when this song was published). I believe that God allowed me to hear this song as a healing message. TY for writing it! Love In Christ, Mariam
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