Searching the Night Sky
When Israel knew the source
of their violent subjugation
they wondered, what was the course
of their long-awaited redemption?
Along that strange and winding story,
one byway left the main route
to wander through the fading glory
of a foreign people come to doubt
that the magic of their scholars
could stand before a mighty God,
that the wisdom of their elders
could save them from a mighty God.
But if God himself could save them
as he had done once for his own,
even as he had chastised them,
as spoken by one of their own,
then that was a God to search for.
So the calamity of God’s nation
became a witness to their captors
for the hope of their salvation.
Seventy years passed. Israel
returned to their desolate land.
They rebuilt wall, temple, and well
with sword and tool close at hand.
Hundreds of years more, God’s people
grew hard as revelation ran dry.
They disputed broken laws and feeble,
while three men afar searched the night sky.