Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bare Wood

Bare Wood

I am only bare wood.

All the varnish has been rubbed off;

The stain has been stripped away.

The knots, that were once branches,

Have all been sanded down.

As painful as it has been,

It has somehow been cleansing,

Less covered by the layers of living

Which masquerade

As part of my wood.

"Not so", said the Carpenter,

"I have new purposes

For your wood.

Aged, cured, seasoned with time,

You show true colors and original grain."

"My purposes will be clear

As you fit into this new piece

I am now building.

Let the chemicals strip,

The awl cut, the paper sand."

"Let go of the covering

Not essentially yours.

Release the past stains,

No longer the right patina.

Submit to my well trained hands."

"Remember that I chose you from

The pile of used planks,

Though I could have left you untouched,

Lying there satisfied

With your station in life."

"Yes, I have chosen you because

You are still in need of re-making.

I have a plan that includes you,

But first you must become

Bare wood."


  1. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you."

    Jeremiah 29:11-12

  2. Newt,
    You've been in my prayers EACH and EVERY day since I learned of your affliction in early May. I pledge to continue this each day.

    You are one fine piece of wood my brother! Thanks be to God!

    Yours and His in Moscow!
    Tommy John Murdock

  3. Newt, we are thinking of you and your family and praying for your recovery. Your blog writings are inspirational and very moving. Bare Wood is so thought provoking. Best to you, The Hasler Family

  4. And those who are being shaped will say, "must I go through this valley Father?" And He responds: "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Mt 11:28

    You and your family remain in our prayers Newt. Godspeed on the second half.
    Stan, Melisa and family