On the Mystery of the Incarnation

An Advent offering

On the Mystery of the Incarnation

By Denise Levertov

It’s when we face for a moment

the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know

the taint in our own selves, that awe

cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart:

not to a flower, not to a dolphin,

to no innocent form

but to this creature vainly sure

it and no other is god-like, God

(out of compassion for our ugly

failure to evolve) entrusts,

as guest, as brother,

the Word.

Thanks to JourneywithJesus.net. If you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a thoughtful, spiritually-minded person, consider Levertov’s The Stream and the Sapphire.

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