May 10, 2014

Mary Speaks

A Mother's Day tribute to the young woman who carried our Lord, nurtured Him through childhood, and bore the full experience of His life and dying.

Mary Speaks: 
by Madeleine L’Engle

O you who bear the pain of the whole earth, I bore you.
O you whose tears gave human tears their worth, I laughed with you.
You, who when your hem is touched, give power, I nourished you.
Who turn the day to night in this dark hour, light comes from you.
O you who hold the world in your embrace, I carried you.
Whose arms encircled the world with your grace, I once held you.
O you who laughed and ate and walked the shore, I played with you.
And I, who with all others, you died for, now I hold you.
May I be faithful to this final test, in this last hour I hold my child, my son;

His body close enfolded to my breast:
The holder held, the bearer borne.
Mourning to joy, darkness to morn.
Open, my arms; your work is done.
Taken from The Ordering of Love ~ New & Collected Poems of Madeleine L'Engle

{Linking with other writer's sharing faith at Still Saturday, Sunday Community, and The Weekend Brew. Click on those buttons below to peruse more meditations on faith.}


  1. Beautiful poem! Mary certainly had lots of amazing things to ponder in her heart :).

  2. Yes, I loved the poem. I just discovered L'Engle's poetry collection and am enjoying it greatly. Thank you for your visit here!

  3. What a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew!

    1. Beautiful, yes... and I think L'Engle's many talents, from prose to poetry, engages the heart and encourages faith. Thank you for the hospitality of Weekend Brew's link up :-)