Monday, December 7, 2015

"Peace is the Centre of the Atom"

One of my very favorite authors is Madeleine L’Engle. She is most well know for A Wrinkle in Time, but has a whole shelf of other novels for young readers, biographical reflections, inspirational non-fiction, and poetry. Even in her fiction laced with scientific phenomenon and jargon, she is at heart, a poet. She covers so many topics in her books, but underlying all of them is blessed understanding of peace amid chaos.

I love posting her quotes and poems for Advent. Every year I think I’ve found them all, and then all of a sudden I run into another one, to two rather!

Into the Darkest Hour
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.



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