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,
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;
then use it,
or pass it on.