Christian Mystic Poetry…wow

Reading Andreas Wolf’s blog this morning I followed his link to a book of poetry: Meditations from Mechthild of Magdeburg.  I do not know a lot about her life but some of her poetry was encouraging to me this morning. She lived three hundred years before the Reformation in the city of Magdeburg, Germany. Here are two of her poems that I enjoyed this morning.

A fish cannot drown in water

A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of creation,
God doesn’t vanish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?
(Found here)

Effortlessly

Effortlessly,
Love flows from God into man,
Like a bird
Who rivers the air
Without moving her wings.
Thus we move in His world
One in body and soul,
Though outwardly separate in form.
As the Source strikes the note,
Humanity sings —
The Holy Spirit is our harpist,
And all strings
Which are touched in Love
Must sound.
(Found here)

(PS. Mechthild shows up a lot in Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill.).

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