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Why This Longing?

by Tom Graffagnino

Why this longing deep inside us?
Why does Beauty stir the soul?
What’s this craving?… Why this yearning?
Why this pull to have and hold?

Is there something somewhere….Someone
Who’s proposing to the heart?
Is there Truth beyond this wonder?
Grace, perhaps, He would impart?

Do you think He may be waiting?
Just beyond creation’s wall?
Is He peering through the lattice?
Will we hear the Bridegroom’s call?

Do you think He’ll hear the answer?
Yes, “My Lord!” my God!” ”I do!”
Is He peering through the lattice?
Is He making all things new?

* * *

“Listen! My lover!
Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands behind the wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
My lover spoke and said to me,
“Arise my darling,
my beautiful one, and come with me.” (Song of Songs 2:8-10)


Tom Graffagnino is an artist, whose book, with both pictures and prose, ‘Wilderness to Water’ tells of his journey from despair to hope.

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 corinthians 1:3-4