Can I bind myself to that naked stake
Shall I lift high the red-striped timber
Will heart and hand fully lade partake
Can flesh fade without a whimper?
Do roses bloom without a brier
Shall I bend Thy will to mine
Doth dross consume sans smelting fire
Shall branch preserve the Vine?
How can I embrace the One
Who gave all upon the tree
If I lose naught of self to Son
But cling knuckle-white to me?
A former editor and aerospace professional turned professional mom, Kristine K. Lowder’s byline has appeared in a variety of on-line and print publications and more than forty ezines including Long Story Short, Blessings for Life, Hearts at Home, Sunpiper Press, Humor and Life, in Particular, Comfort Café, Whatever is Pure, Penwomanship, All Things Royal, and TheChristianOnlineMagazine. She is the author of nine books to date. For more information, visit: http://people.lulu.com/users/index.php?fHomepage=119106