A Christmas Poem by Madeleine L’Engle

by Christine Sine

I love this Christmas poem by Madeleine L’Engle. It is a perfect one to reflect on as we continue our walk either through Advent or through the 12 days of Christmas and prepare our hearts for the new year. You might also like to check out one of my favourite Christmas books by Madeleine L”Engle The Glorious Impossible with wonderful frescos from the Scrovegni Chapel by Giotto

First Coming

By Madeleine L’Engle

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace
He came when the Heavens were unsteady
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine. He did not wait

till hearts were pure. In joy he came
to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
He came, and his Light would not go out. 

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

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