Songs in the Wasteland: Came

This week we wanted to share something a little bit different as part of our Advent series ‘Songs in the Wasteland’.
More friends from around Scotland will be sharing their reflections with us in the coming weeks but for now, enjoy and reflect on this moving poem by the author of
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Madeleine L’Engle.
It is taken from her book ‘The Ordering of Love: The New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L’Engle’
May it inspire a song deep within you

First Coming
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!

Crystal Cryer originally hails from Oregon, but now claims Scotland as home. She is the National Coordinator for 24-7 Prayer Scotland. She is also a Networker for Prayer Spaces in Schools in Scotland and is part of the Discovery family in Dunbar, where she is based.