Well Wounded

Source: faithinfocus.com
He got to know his skin,
got to know it from within
and the more he touched on God
the more God felt like him--
a body beaten full of grace,
a body beaten full of grace.

One, Two, Three,
catch the eye of the Trinity
looking down on our broken lives
discerning with a winsome smile
which of them will get to be
the saving earthly refugee
the saving earthly refugee.

He got battered a thousand ways
and each break strengthened his faith
that the God of his deepest dreams
was the God of his clearest days--
a body limping full of grace
a body limping full of grace.

Glory has a sphinx's smile.
Power is a force fragile
in our hurting, human fists.

Wealth and all the other wiles
in the foe's big bag of tricks
are no question dangerous,
but a body beaten full of grace
a body beaten full of grace
knows how to convalesce.

(a vocal version of "Well Wounded" is here: :https://youtu.be/btQxLkaiNdg 

Greg Kennedy, SJ works as a spiritual director at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario. He is author of Reupholstered Psalms volumes I, II, and III; and Amazing Friendships between Animals and Saints (Novalis Press).

  • graeme quinlan
    Posted at 03:41h, 30 July Reply

    Upon reading this I begun to realize that it in many ways could This tragedy so easaly be reflected in many of our lives. As there are moments of great difficulty and hardships that we have to encounter through life . The words that spoke to me in this article as as Thus,”That the God of his deepest dreams,was the God of his clearest days’. The message here is that we need to to keep always focused on the presence of God in our lives.

  • Eric Jensen, I'm often a robot
    Posted at 14:53h, 30 July Reply

    A great song, Greg, rivaling Leonard Cohen in its content, construction, and performance!

    Well done!

  • Paul V
    Posted at 16:37h, 31 July Reply

    Thanks Father Kennedy

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