Within this ancient frame I have been carrying a burning hope.
It has been a privilege to live in this house of prayer surrounded by generations of the faithful, and though I have tried to underplay and quell my own desires the flame of this hope has persisted – that after all these days, all these years, of piety and devout living I might be granted a small blessing by the God of all.
Glory to God, creator of the Earth! Today I have seen the child who is promised by the prophets.
Today I have looked into the eyes of the one who will bring our redemption.
All that I am is full of the glory of God, this ancient frame is ablaze with hope and joy.
A lifetime of kneeling on these cold stones and choking on black lamp smoke
three billion heartbeats of waiting in hope and despair, praying aloud out of habit and faith
the everyday shuffling and nodding, the silly certainty that it all means life, the dream sure as hunger and strong as grief
then on this countless day out of darkness comes a girl with her ordinary miracle, an armful of everything
and the rising and falling begins again and the dark lifts and descends him carried to the breaking apart
me, last lamp lit, praying done, carried into the velvet dark listening for the bird-call
of the great dawn.
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