Madeleine L'Engle

“First Coming” – a Christmas Poem by Madeleine L’Engle

This poem was shared in church by Pastor Rebecca on the first Sunday of Advent.  It was written by Madeleine L’Engle, the author of “A Wrinkle in Time.”

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!

One Comment

  1. After all these years, L’Engle’s words are still meaningful. Thank you for this great reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

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