Monday, January 23, 2012

This makes me think... about the gift of one's nature...

Fish cannot drown in the water,
Birds cannot sink in the air,
Gold cannot perish
In the refiner's fire.

This has God given to all creatures
To foster and see their own nature,
How then can I withstand mine?

I must to God--
My father through nature,
my brother through humanity,
My bridegroom through love,
His am I forever!

Think ye that fire must utterly slay my soul?
NAY! Love can both fiercely scorch
And tenderly love and console.

--Mechthild of Magdeberg

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