Twist of Fate

By a twist of fate,

Mangled, yet rugged beauty


Fallen, broken, dying yet living, robustly

Giving life, even in death


Like resilient people we know

Like the resurrected one who so

loved the fallen, broken, dying ones

like you and me.


Gnarly and gnawed, IMG_3248

yet not to be ignored

Streaked and lined by sun and storm,

Bombarded and buffeted ’til finally moulded

into bold

buffalo horns.


The ancient trunk’s life truncated

Its wisdom curtailed

Now lying in state

Twisted but not bitter…in fact

welcoming, inviting

passers-by to stop and

rest on its tender, tortured frame,

Its grandeur undefeated.



A tortuous arm curled skyward

Alluding to greater things

To untold and half-told mysteries,

To the enigmatic shaper

of its fate,

To questions answered only

by first-hand experience

of living and dying…

and living again.


“He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed…..Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and Yahweh’s good plan will prosper in his hands.” (Isaiah 53: 5, 10)


(Wondering what this blog is all about, and who A Child of Grace is? Please read my About page. Thanks!)


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