Spiritual Excerpt from “The Gift of Gravity” by Wendell Berry

“The Gift of Gravity”

All that passes descends,
and ascends again unseen
into the light: the river
coming down from sky
to hills, from hills to sea,
and carving as it moves,
to rise invisible,
gathered to light, to return
again. “The river’s injury
is its shape.” I’ve learned no more.

We are what we are given
and what is taken away;
blessed be the name
of the giver and taker.

For everything that comes
is a gift, the meaning always
carried out of sight
to renew our whereabouts,
always a starting place.
And every gift is perfect
in its beginning, for it
is “from above, and cometh down
from the Father of lights.”
Gravity is grace.

—Wendell Berry

(The Gift of Gravity, excerpt)


Photo credit: Amazing Pillars in Tianzi Mountains, Hunan Province, China. Tianzi means “son of heaven” and is called after Xiang Dakun, who was a farmer and a leader of a farmers’ revolt. https://www.pandotrip.com/amazing-pillars-in-tianzi-mountains-1505/

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