The Vigil (10/18/93)
All the night long I had waited,
Not for a moment I slept,
All the night long kept a vigil;
With longing I waited and wept.
You promised to come if I called You;
You said You would ever be near.
Beloved, I called in the darkness
But somehow You just didnít hear.
Dear Master, I prayed in the silence
And master, I cried through the night
For only one glimpse of Your beauty,
For one tiny ray of Your light.
I wondered what sin Iíd committed
And wondered why You didnít care.
I pondered at my understanding,
Of what I might have been unaware.
The night seemed to go on forever
And never a spark did I see,
When I realized that for eons
You had been waiting for me.
And finally then with the dawning
Came the knowledge that ended my fear,
For while I was weeping, Beloved,
All the night long You were here!
Evelyn M. Danforth ©