Christmas: Madeleine L’Engle

“When we celebrate Christmas,” says awesome author Madeleine L’Engle, “we are celebrating that amazing time when the Word that shouted all the galaxies into being, limited all power, and for love of us came to us in the powerless body of a human baby. My faith is based on this incredible act of love, and if my faith is real it will be expressed in how I live my life.”

L’Engle’s books are amazing. They burst with imagination and are laced with creativity. They’re also built on concepts from the growing edge of physics. She is famous for her science fiction works such as A Wrinkle in Time, but her nonfiction books – and the actual life she lived – reveal far more.

All of L’Engle’s writing revolves around her understanding of faith. For example, in The Rock That Is Higher: Story as Truth, she says that modern physics shows that matter and energy are interchangeable. “So the sheer energy of Christ, for love of us, put on the matter of Jesus – ordinary human matter. What love!” This divine love goes beyond any artistic endeavor, she states. In this way, “the Incarnation hallows human lives.”

Betsy Schwarzentraub