There is no cloud of glory can define,
no gates of heaven can confine; there is
no dogma, doggerel, or doctrine can describe,
no earnest imitation reinscribe him.
Christ’s coming cannot be constrained or restrained
by our rituals of mortality.
Our candles are dimmed, our illuminated
manuscripts burned by the living Word…
This is Omega and Alpha, ending
and beginning, humbled only by love,
by love, by love
to enter this world and its contracting womb.
About Rosalind C Hughes
Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.