Ready for Silence by Madeleine L’Engle

 

Ready for Silence
Madeleine L’Engle

Then hear now the silence
He comes in the silence
in silence he enters
the womb of the bearer
in silence he goes to
the realm of the shadows
redeeming and shriving
in silence he moves from
the grave cloths, the dark tomb
in silence he rises
ascends to the glory
leaving his promise
leaving his comfort
leaving his silence
So come now, Lord Jesus
Come in your silence
breaking our noising
laughter of panic
breaking this earth’s time
breaking us breaking us
quickly Lord Jesus
make no long tarrying
When will you come
and how will you come
and will we be ready
for silence
your silence
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2 thoughts on “Ready for Silence by Madeleine L’Engle

  1. On the first Sunday of Advent, 2 Dec. 1979, this poem was read as a post-communion where I was offering Mass. As the poem was recited, the music poured into my head, and the finished hymn was sung on Christmas Eve, 1979, I have never had another experience like it.

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