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“Scars In Heaven” Casting Crowns And Amy Grant - Christian Music Videos

Most with some years behind them will have no problem relating to the message of “Scars in Heaven,” sung here by Casting Crowns and Amy Grant. The music is lovely, and the lyrics are inspiring. 

Casting Crowns member Mark Hall wrote “Scars in Heaven” with Matthew West, and the group recorded the song in 2021. Amy Grant joined Casting Crowns to record “Scars in Heaven” in September 2023. 

Amy offered her feelings about the song in an instagram post shared on her official website, saying that she “choked up on every line.” She went on to say that the studio engineer, the producer, she, and others were crying during the recording of the “beautiful” song. 

“Scars in Heaven” tells the story of a person mourning the loss of a loved one. While the grieving person wishes they had just one more day with their family member or friend, they are simultaneously comforted by the knowledge that all the scars, literal and figurative, that their lost loved bore are no more. The pain of loss is lessened by the promise of a Heavenly restoration at the end of one’s earthly journey.      

Here are the words of the chorus from “Scars in Heaven:”

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

Amy Grant began her music career in 1976; Casting Crowns began performing together in 1999. Both have found tremendous success in the music industry. Both have experienced loss and pain. Mark Hall shared the inspiration for “Scars in Heaven” when he spoke with The Christian Post back in June 2021. 

Mark stated, “I began to write the song [while] watching my mom care for her mom and dad as they were passing away. They passed away within a year of each other. Seeing sickness change the people that raised her, seeing their minds change, and so many things were just taking a turn, and watching her bear the weight of that… My mom is a believer; she loves Jesus. She's the one I go to first when I need somebody to pray for me. But watching her deal with this as they passed away — that was tough.”

Ms. Grant’s voice is angelic. The violin that we hear at 45 seconds is superb. The way the tempo picks up at 1:45, as if to signify glimpses of hope, and the chorus of joyful voices that come together at 2:00—all these musical mechanics showcase the message of this perfect song.

How appropriate! Words and talents given to musicians so that they may communicate the most perfect truth there is. Jesus bears the scars that he suffered so that ours can be erased when we join Him in eternity! 

“Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”” John 20:27