For Lent, 1966 by Madeleine L’Engle

I came across this post today, nearly a month late. As a lover of L’Engle’s works (the inspiration for my site itself), discovering this poem brought life to my weary soul today!

My Pastoral Ponderings

This year’s Lenten season begins tomorrow, and with it taking place in the midst of this ongoing pandemic, in which we have already given so much up, I can’t help but think of the opening line from a wonderful poem by Madeleine L’Engle: “It is my Lent to break my Lent.” In case you are not familiar with it, here is her poem:

For Lent, 1966 by Madeleine L’Engle

It is my Lent to break my Lent, To eat when I would fast, To know when slender strength is spent, Take shelter from the blast When I would run with wind and rain, To sleep when I would watch. It is my Lent to smile at pain But not ignore its touch. It is my Lent to listen well When I would be alone, To talk when I would rather dwell In silence, turn from none Who call on me…

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