All in All

photo by Josh Scholten
photo by Josh Scholten

Little flower, but if I could understand what you are, root and all in all, I should know what God and man is.
~  Tennyson

Am I root, or am I bud?  Am I stem or am I leaf?  All in all, these are not me
but signs of God’s fruiting glory.

I am but the tears He shed as He broke
into blossom.



3 thoughts on “All in All

  1. Oh, Emily, how achingly beautiful. I felt the immediate sting of tears in my eyes and a kick in my mid section when I read this — over and over. The real tragedy for us in our daily lives, especially in our suffering, is that we do not REALLY see the signs of “God’s fruiting glory.” But you do! Otherwise, you would not be able to name it for what it is. Hope I’m making sense here….


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