Animated Reading: For Every Thorn There is a Rose

This week we launch our second animated reading. The next four weeks of blog posts will draw from themes in the poem.  If you like the video, please share with others.

For Every Thorn There is a Rose

There once was a man who had a thorn.

Upon him it struck

And to his dismay,

Remained permanently stuck.


To God three times he prayed

The awful nuisance to take away.


From heaven above

The Lord looked down

With tears in his eyes and pain on his face

There he cried,

“Behold the Rose!  Behold My grace!

The thorn I’ll not remove, for I love too much.

Only in brokenness… that soil

Of weakness and desperation,

Will the lovely Rose grow,

Will My grace bloom.”


We all love roses,

We all hate pain,

But for every thorn there is a Rose.


Many desire the Rose,

For therein is life eternal and fullness of living –

But the way of the Rose

Is the way of the thorn.


Many seek the Rose, but at the

Testing of the thorn

Most fall away.


“Child, child, love the Rose.

Embrace your thorn as faithful friend.”


At the testing of the thorn, divine grace

Turns my pain and tears to peace and joy,

Where all my need is swallowed up

Within the Rose.


We all love roses,

We all hate pain,

But for every thorn there is a Rose.


The choice is yours and

The choice is mine;

On the journey to the Rose,

Must every one born

Face the terrible testing

Of the thorn.

This poem has been adapted from the poem by the same name in David Trementozzi, Light for the Dark Night: Embracing a Heart of Holy Desperation (Maitland, Fl.: Xulon, 2005).


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Author: David Trementozzi

David Trementozzi is married to his wife, Emily and they have three children—Judah, Kaleb, and Halle. David likes to write on topics related to Christian faith and their contemporary relevance. He has a B.A. in Psychology (Messiah College), Masters of Divinity, and Ph.D in Theology (Regent University). David is currently a professor of Theology at Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium. To learn more about David, go to the About David page above.