Every Life Is Cherished

I just got a book from the used bookstore yesterday (where I plan on returning to put in a job application!!!) by my favorite authoress, Madeleine L'Engle (who passed away two years ago now.) The book is called Glimpses of Grace...it is a collection of her daily thoughts and reflections...I absolutely adore her!

Today's reflection/daily thought was Every Life Is Cherished. Every Life Is Cherished was a poem written by one of her characters in her book (Vicky Austin...the writing voice of which was Ms. L'Engle.) That particular book is one of my favorite's of Ms. L'Engle's...I remember reading it one year long ago now...feeling transported and like I myself was Vicky, struggling to find out who I was and realizing that I was meant to be set apart.

My whole point in jabbering on about the poem, the character of Vicky Austin, and Madeleine's writings is because that particular poem speaks to me...it moves me. So I wanted to post it on my blog, I hope it will stir your heart's as it has mine every time I read it. So without further ado...

Every Life Is Cherished:

"The earth will never be the same again.

Rock, water, tree, iron, share this grief

As distant stars participate in pain.

A candle snuffed, a falling star or leaf,

A dolphin death, O this particular loss

Is Heaven-mourned; for if no angel cried,

If this small one was tossed away as dross,

The very galaxies then would have lied.

How shall we sing our love's song now

In this strange land where all are born to die?

Each tree and leaf and star show how

The universe is part of this one cry,

That every life is noted and is cherished,

And nothing loved is ever lost or perished."

-Vicky Austin in Madeleine L'Engle's beloved book A Ring of Endless Light

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