Psalm: God's beauty

Thou art beautiful, oh Lord, my God,
Beautiful beyond the mortal dream
That feebly imitates infinity:
Blind atoms hurtle aimless through the void
Of solid matter; and gadding galaxies
Cavort in billion-year-long cartwheels
Through vacuous immensities of space;
More beautiful than helical caprice
Of molecules entwined in DNA.

Thy gracious loveliness shines through the murk
Of human blundering: thus Moses stands
Radiant to flaunt aloft Thy law;
Isaiah comforts Israel with hymns
Of restoration through the soul's reform;
Joseph broods protective over wife,
Who croons her consolation to the child—
No kin of his—who waits to heal a world.
Thy beauty shapes each bungling upward step—
Illumines every harmony of earth.
Dear God, let Thy Polaris lead my eye,
Thy matrix guide my fingers still to weave
A life through which Thy gracious pattern shines.

—Hugh Pendexter III

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June 30, 2003

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