Three biggies passed on last week. Of course, almost everyone knows of Luciano Pavarotti’s death. Also, D. James Kennedy, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian and the creater of the famous “Evangelism Explosion” curriculum died last week as well. He was well known as a leader within what has come to be known as the “religious right”. May they rest in peace.
Finally, while each of these are sad, one person with special significance to me passed away last week. Madeline L’Engle was the author of children’s books and books on prayer and faith. Her most famous is A Wrinkle in Time which tells the story of a girl named Meg on an adventure with her psychic little brother as they seek to rescue their father. I like that kind of story.
I’ve had the privilege of teaching a class on the Psalms at Tabor College-Wichita. One of the more enjoyable parts of the class is listening to Madeline L’Engle, via video, discuss the redemption of doubt in the Christian life. These videos were recorded when she was old and her wisdom seems to be the kind that only comes with many years lived.
Her “kids” books are the type that can make us all grow. Godspeed Madeline.
Any Madeline L’Engle fans out there?