Friday, September 25, 2015


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It was not a beautiful death.
It is not by machinery but by faith:
--Niska Ramkhelawan.

The Savior’s Cross coveted the role
of being the holy graphite
in Jehovah's Great Pencil.

Just humble wood, yet became a holy
symbol; for the crucifix will forever 
 be the launching pad for

the Son of Man’s blast-off.

Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at With Real Toads
for Kerry & her HS students, 
inspired by Niska Ramkhelawan--FAREWELL


brudberg said...

A torture instrument becoming holy..

KL Clark said...

Yes, like Bjorn the idea of an instrument of torture being worn as an emblem of faith has always given me pause for thought.

Margaret said...

Yes, the contradiction of the crucifix becoming a beacon of light. The use of graphite - the pencil and all that has been written in the New Testament... Again, superbly done.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Succinct and powerfully penned.