Useful joy

A night seems dark,
the path unlit,
the massive mountain 
high and steep.
Is our prayer useful? 

Does it feel hard
to sing our song,
pray our prayer,
talk to God? 

The mourning dove sings
        before the dawn.
It does not bring the day,
        but sunlight arrives.
The dove announces.
It is a daily prophet
       a truth teller of
                useful joy.

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