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L’Engle on Nativity…

“Into the Darkest Hour,” a poem by Madeleine L’Engle

It was a time like this,
War & tumult of war,
a horror in the air.
Hungry yawned the abyss –
and yet there came the star
and the child most wonderfully there.

It was time like this
of fear & lust for power,
license & greed and blight –
and yet the Prince of bliss
came into the darkest hour
in quiet & silent light.

And in a time like this
how celebrate his birth
when all things fall apart?
Ah! wonderful it is
with no room on the earth
the stable is our heart.

– from Winter Song, Christmas Readings by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw

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One response to “L’Engle on Nativity…

  1. Sharon December 24, 2006 at 7:31 pm

    That last line is shivery good.

    I found another silence analogy….the powerful silence of a sunrise.

    I am a sunrise person. My husband prefers a sunset.

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