Dawn

Come, O Dawn!
Sweet and subtle,
gently warming,
come!

Be the slow smile of sun
that elicits laughter and delight
from weary travelers.

Be the hint of hope that we need
to put one foot faithfully in front of the other
along these long pathways of peace.

Come, Dawn! Invite the deep inhale, the sigh of relief
to release the tight grip of fear on our spirits,
the hunch of stress in our shoulders.

Come and be mischievous
with the shadows of a fading night
until we see in them playmates, not enemies.

Come and break the spell of evil
that has inflamed our affair with death.
Come in a glorious display of life!

Come, O Dawn!
Merciful and mighty,
softly saving,
come!

on Luke 1:78-79

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