Sunday, December 2, 2007


How surely gravity's law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the smallest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.

Each thing
each stone, blossom, child
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we each belong to
for some empty freedom.

If we surrendered
to Earth's inteligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.

Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.

So, like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God's heart;
they have never left him.

This is what the things teach us:
to fall,
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

1 comment:

Olivia said...

Rachel, thanks for your words this morning. I find myself feeling greatful for you and this place I am time I am in today.
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. As we walk into this season of darkness may be tune with the wild expanse within our own soul and in seeing clearly may our hearts be open to give and receive.
peace and love to you,