“The ordinary so extraordinary” by Madeleine L’Engle

Here is a wonderful Christmas poem by Madeleine L’Engle:

“The ordinary so extraordinary”

He came, quietly impossible,
Out of a young girl’s womb,
A love as amazingly marvelous
As his bursting from the tomb.

This child was fully human,
This child was wholly God.
The hands of All Love fashioned him
Of mortal flesh and bone and blood,

The ordinary so extraordinary
The stars shook in the sky
As the Lord of all the universe
Was born to live, to love, to die.

He came, quietly impossible:
Nothing will ever be the same:
Jesus, the Light of every heart—
The God we know by Name.

L’Engle, Madeleine. Miracle on 10th Street (p. 65). The Crown Publishing Group.


  1. Diedre Purvis says:

    I love this poem. Just the first paragraph caught my heart. My Savior being born to a woman who had favor from God.

    Somehow, today, I came across your website while I was looking for answers regarding Mark 8.
    I’m looked forward to reading more.

    From a sister in Christ. God bless you in all you do.

  2. Gordon Smead says:

    My wife and I have been reading aloud daily since we married more than forty years ago. We’ve been reading Madeleine L’Engle for years. Currently we’re reading Miracle on 10th Street.
    “The ordinary so extraordinary” was our reading for today.

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