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As I watched the new Wendell Berry film last night I couldn't help but think of the project we're starting here at Vine and Branches.

One way to understand the film is not as much about just farming but about the way of framing two things together so that we begin to create meaning, and in some sense order. His quote above, about the age of divorce, describes how the modern world has divorced the soul's home from in God and replaced it with a variety of other things. 

Throughout the interviews in the film you begin to see how Berry is arguing that with the loss of the family farm we've lost our values. As we've pulled one thread other things have begun to unravel. The church has also followed the world down this rabbit hole and in many ways has helped divorce the soul from its home in God as well. 

It's Berry's daughter who points to the lines in the Yeats poem, “The Second Coming”:

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,"

What Vine & Branches is going to attempt to do is not to put all things back together.  Ours will merely be an attempt to put just a couple of things back together for Christians, one piece at a time. We know we can't put it all back together, but hopefully we can frame two things together at a time and slowly bring ourselves and others back to finding our rest in God. 


Matthew SheddenComment