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Writers like a good metaphor.




All metaphors used by my favorite storyteller — Jesus.

He was a master of a device known as “sight to insight”. He touched the ordinary things in life and transformed them into golden truths with such lasting power that their permanence still holds today: the prodigal son, the good soil, the mustard seed.

Rocks. Roots. Wings. Metaphors from the Mountain Sermon — the most radical, revolutionary teaching ever to hit humanity.

Jesus is  my hero. And I’m not speaking only in metaphor. He’s my savior. Hero.


I am a miner when I write. With words and ideas, style and convention, I dig for that golden vein, that line of truth that can be almost imperceptible in the black shale. I chip away.


I am a tree growing roots near a brook, seeking support, nourishment, living water.


I am trying my wings. Forty years old and freshly fledged from the nest. So I was late in breaking the shell, the last of the clutch to take flight. From my spot in the nest I see only blue sky. And it’s invisible wind is calling my name: Alyssa Santos.



  1. I’m glad you got pushed from the nest! Your writing is passionate and smart. In this over blogged Christian community I comment on several sites, but while I try to encourage God’s chosen, I never exaggerate. Your writing is a breath of fresh air. Great job.

    I’d be interested to know your writing goals?

    • You know, Floyd, I was reluctant to add to the masses of words out there — they’re as abundant and seem to be as consumable as krill in the ocean. But, I’ve been constructing sentences and stories in my head since I was a kid. I had to just bite the bullet and see what I can do with it. It’s gotten to the point that I feel like I’m denying God his way with me if I don’t… So, I’ve started a blog to help me consistently produce and to also better hone in on what best resonates with readers. My greatest loves: The Bible, My family, Ethiopia, gardening and birds (the wild ones, not pets 🙂 ) I have book ideas that I’m working on, but nothing presented to anyone yet. I do have a couple of pieces in the upcoming (this summer) Chapman book, Love is a Verb Devotional. I’m excited about that. I am helping my favorite ministry, New Covenant Foundation, with their content for their website, too. I’m just focusing on what’s right in front of me and hoping God leads me to the goals he has for me. Thank you for reading and for your kind words of encouragement.

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