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December 19, 2019
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what I wouldn’t give
          to rise
from this window seat of longing
and brave my way into the gray
and through the gray
          to part
the veil that obscures life from Light 

drown this sorrow in your river;
crystal, to its verdant banks
let me kneel beside you
          to quench
this terrible thirst won’t you
wrap your ardent arms like
pale branches over me around me
          to shelter
if I were a bird, I would nest
in you, in their safety and
pluck the healing
          from your hands
and place, honey sweet,
          your promise
in my mouth oh to taste
          your goodness 

yet... this already but not yet
kingdom will not yet receive me
          not yet 

I must wait
face and hands pressed against the glass
peering, seeing only dimly now 

I must wait
for your hand to throw open the palace gates
for your hand to lift the curse to lift my chin 

write your name upon my brow
place your pledge on my finger
tuck your flower in my hair
adorn me in your promise 

          I will wait. 

Christine Prater
Christine Chandler Prater—poet, songwriter, theology geek—loves to explore the challenging truths of the upside-down Kingdom through art, story and humor. Her passion for awakening a hunger for holinessand welcoming everyone to the table to encounter the real Jesusdrives her studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and her work through her Non-Profit organization,The Holy Shift. Christine lives near Austin, Texas with her hunky hubby and two fur-babies (one sinner, one saint). She’s an awkward-conversations enthusiast and loves anything that takes place outdoors. Or requires words. You can find and follow her here: The Holy Shift Website, The Holy Shift Instagram, Personal Instagram.
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