Did God make thorns?
I see them everywhere -
in my life they rise up to choke me,
and in the valley of my heart
they are strewn like a carpet
on the bedrock,
cutting off the good seed
and blotting out the Son.
Tree-like they can grow,
though they say
a two-edged sword can handle any problem.
I wonder sometimes about thorns -
are they Satan's attempts at Creation:
the one who imitates so much of God's good
There's too much perfection in a thorn,
too much beatuy in its ugliness.
I think thorns are purposed
to show us how far we've fallen,
and as a standard
to appreciate the beauty
of a new creation born.
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