Behold

         Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
                  —Luke 2.28-32


Simeon and the prophet Anna now,
you who have been waiting,
you who have searched,
take the divine infant in your arms,
touch the holy that is here,
here,
and give thanks
that your Lord is no distant star
but here among us,
whom you may touch—
see the Holy One
in all of them—

a wonder to be held.

— December 26, 2014