Tuesday, October 4, 2005

THE WEIGHT OF A GIFT

What we receive weighs something.
It may weigh us down
but need not do so.
But there is gravity in a gift;
It bears substance.

Pray for such a burden,
such a blessing.

If you want to throw your weight around
give a gift,
bear a grace,
offer blessing
without expectation,
without strings.

And receive what’s given,
feel its impact on your soul;
may your soul be supple enough
to absorb its blow,
lest it be deflected,
as if bouncing off a brick wall.

I teach my child to receive a soccer ball
by absorbing its weight with her foot or leg or body;
yielding to it, it drops in your lap
instead of bouncing out of your control.
Feel its weight and you possess it.
And then you can work with it--drive it to the goal or pass it along.

Receive a gift;
yield to its impact,
be changed by its weight;
possess it;
then use it,
or pass it on.

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