Sunday, February 15, 2009

Monday Manna: One Tiny Tender Shoot

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. Isaiah 53:5, Amplified

One Tiny Tender Shoot

From barren soil, drought-stricken, parched
one tiny tender Shoot appeared.
So plain and homely was its form
it was not welcomed nor revered
where men in sullen shadows marched.

Abundant sorrow shame and grief
bent the Sprout low to the ground,
so smitten and afflicted here
that even God most surely frowned,
making its earthly visit brief.

I saw through eyes blind and diseased;
I saw, and yet assumed the worst:
Death was the end –His just reward,
but of the dead He was the first
to end its curse, and God was pleased!

Abundant love coursed through His veins,
abundant pardon, mercy, grace
gushed from violent gaping wounds,
compassion dripping from His face;
Only His righteousness remains.

Broken and bathed in Jesus’ blood
my sins are gone, my sight restored!
The Bud, once stricken, scorned, despised
now stately, treasured, and adored;
once-thirsty soil quenched by the flood.

Abundant life and joy and peace
sustain my spirit, soul and mind!
I feast on Him, my daily bread,
And drink His water, milk, and wine…
abundant gifts that never cease!

By Sharlyn Guthrie
(Based on Isaiah 53 and 55:1)


  1. Sharlyn, this is just breathtaking!

  2. I really loved this, and I also read some of your other articles. Your love for the Lord certainly shines through your writing. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow - this is just beautiful and so vivid. Thanks for joining us for Monday Manna, and for blessing me with this!

  4. Yay! I finally found your blog! I can't wait to read more!!!!!!!!

  5. First, your story about "dancin' on the rainbows" nearly sent me over the emotional edge. This is a priceless memory you've captured with your words and now through this blog. Love it. More than that, I love the "tender Shoot" who sprung forth on my behalf and surrendered himself accordingly.

    That one act of grace has meant everything to me. Jesus Christ is my life, and whenever I consider his cross, I am undone with the mercy that was shed for me.

    Thanks for the visit! Isn't Joanne so dear to help us all make new connections?!

    Blessings and peace to you in this week~elaine

  6. Sharlyn, This is beautiful. I am extremely grateful to Joanne to pointing me toward your blog. She is a sweetheart,isn't she. I look forward to reading more from you.



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