Evidence of the holy in cosmic microwave radiation...

Regular readers of this page know how often I link to the prayers of Alden Solovy.  His latest offering, Evidence of Holiness, is a mix of lines from scientific data, from Genesis 1:1-5, and his own poetic prayer.  Here's how he introduces his new prayer:
In a small patch of sky, seen from the South Pole, researchers say they have glimpsed the beginning of time. They have found the faint microwave glow of the Big Bang, when the universe was a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth seconds old. Or maybe, just maybe, they found something scientists cannot explain...
Evidence of Holiness

Suppose God
Plays hide and seek
Among the stars

Cosmic microwave radiation
Is a form of light…

Leaving evidence of holiness
So that we might yearn
To glimpse the moment when

Changes in a particular
Polarization may be caused
By gravitational waves…

The divine desire to create
Burst forth

These waves
Are signals of
An extremely rapid
Inflation of the universe…

Into an explosion of awe
And wonder.

Consider this, dear sister.
Answer this, dear brother.
What is it that you see
With your heart
When a faint glow
From the beginning of time
Reaches the earth?
What is it to know that
A rhythmic pattern
Of radiance is the
Foundation of everything?

Could it be,
Could it be,

With darkness
Over the surface
Of the deep…

That the Painter,
The Composer,
The Sculptor,
The Author of all Being,

A wind from God
Sweeping over the water…

Signed this masterwork
Of creation –

God said:
“Let there be light…”

Leaving a trace of glory
For us to find –
Using ripples in the
Fabric of the cosmos?

And there was
and there was

A first day.
© 2014 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com
The next time you're out under the night sky, 
look up and, in your prayer, wonder:
What is it that you see
With your heart
When a faint glow
From the beginning of time
Reaches the earth?

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