Pause for Prayer: FRIDAY 10/9

It's been a while since I've posted a prayer from another source - and a while since I've posted one of Alden Solovy's fine offerings.  Today, then, here's a prayer from Alden, as bright and illuminating as the starry heavens in a clear night sky.
In a patch of sky seen from the South Pole, researchers say they have glimpsed the beginning of time, a faint microwave glow of the Big Bang. Or maybe, just maybe, the scientists found something they cannot explain. The early stanzas of this prayer include lines from an AP photo caption as it appeared in The Times of Israel. The prayer closes with lines from Gensis 1:1-5. Quotes from these sources are shown in italics.

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
Evening and there was
A first day.

© 2014 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


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