I shared this last week on SheLoves for the theme "legacy." When I thought of a woman who has had a huge impact on my life, Madeleine L'Engle immediately came to mind...
My husband and I fell in love
dodging sparks over a shared affection for travel, coffee and Madeleine
L’Engle. I had just finished rereading L’Engle’s treatise on faith and
art, Walking on Water, for the umpteenth time, feeling the
usual pull to be a writer without the guts to follow the call. My future
husband, it turned out, owned every non-fiction book she had written,
but had a special affinity for this one because of his own call to be an
Over the years, L’Engle’s words have not only entertained, but also empowered me. For
the closet creative with a secret compulsion to write, act, paint,
draw, sing, plant or plan a Pinterest party, her words are just the
pixie dust you need to fly.
I’ve had a fondness for Madeleine L’Engle since the first time my mom thrust A Wrinkle in Time into my hands in elementary school, making me promise to read it before devouring another Babysitter’s Club book. Years later, after graduating and taking a job teaching seventh grade, A Wrinkle in Time was my first choice of a novel for my students to read for our literature circles.
But it wasn’t until last year that L’Engle’s words changed the trajectory of my life.
Five years after my husband and I fell in love, I reread Walking on Water
not in the midst of my single life full of wide-open paths, but sitting
on a spit-up stained couch by dim lamplight nursing my second baby. As I read, my secret compulsion unexpectedly grew into courage.
Like a prophecy that awaits its time, the words finally claimed me.
“Feed the lake,” she wrote.
I had so many excuses why I shouldn’t begin writing publically. (The baby on my lap, for one). But there were others...
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