Animated Reading: A Ruinous Drawing

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


A Ruinous Drawing

I used to be fine,

Strong and secure.

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My beams and structures unbending and firm,

My armor so safe I’d nothing to fear.

But hearing is hard and eye’s portal so slender

When eyes and ears one’s helmet does hinder.

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In the air Someone is calling.

In the wind His voice is now drawing –

Drawing you, drawing me.

He says if we come, He’ll set us all free.

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On that fatefully glorious day,

His hammer of mercy came crashing right down.

He shattered my beams

And collapsed all my seams.

There in the rubble and dust I did see –

My armor was not all I claimed it to be.

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In total collapse and surrender of might

Strength found new meaning in the love of His light.

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We must always take heart and never despair

When houses fall down and castles collapse.

He breaks to build

He shatters to mold.

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In the air Someone is calling.

In the wind His voice is now drawing,

Drawing you, drawing me.

He says if we come, He’ll set us all free.

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Now I am ruined, ruined, and forever undone!

There is nothing around me – no braces, no walls.

All that is left is His presence, His all.

Love now sustains and holds me upright.

He is my Armor, Defender, and Life.

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If we listen we’ll hear the wind of His Love,

And if we submit we’ll know the strength of His grace.

Then we will laugh and joyfully sing

As we dance on the ground

Of this ruinous drawing.


This poem (by David Trementozzi) 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 theological 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.