...to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free....

23 November, 2011

thoughts of thanksgiving: Wendell Berry

“Eating with the fullest pleasure - pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance - is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living in a mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.”
― Wendell Berry

“The world is so full and abundant it is like a pregnant woman carrying a child in one arm and leading another by the hand. Every puddle in the lane is ringed with sipping butterflies that fly up in flutter when you walk past in the late morning on your way to get the mail.”
― Wendell Berry, from  Hannah Coulter

“Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the dark, or most in the dark, but shining out at times like gold stitches in a piece of embroidery. ”
― Wendell Berry, from  Hannah Coulter

“You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this:
“Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In everything give thanks.”
I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.”
― Wendell Berry,  from  Hannah Coulter

“Perhaps all the good that ever has come here has come because people prayed it into the world.”
― Wendell Berry,  from  Jayber Crow

“...And we pray, not for new
earth or heaven, but to be quiet
in heart, and in eye clear.
What we need is here.”
― Wendell Berry


  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful prose. It is lovely.
    I wish you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving.

  2. Thank you for the good wishes. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving:)

  3. Beautiful words and beautiful image.

  4. i love the 3rd and 2nd to last quotes best. God bless you and yours, tomorrow and always!

  5. Love your photo of nature's etched beauty and the eloquent sentiments are just as crystalline and true. Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Stunning. Beautiful. Well-said, Wendell.

  7. These ice crystals are beautiful!