The Elements of Grace
water, earth, wind, and light.
What God harvests is also composed of
four elements: faith [pistis], hope [elpis],
love [agape], and contemplation [gnosis].
Our earth is faith, for she gives us roots.
Water is our hope, for it slakes our thirst.
Wind [pneuma] is the love [agape] through which we grow;
and light is the contemplation [gnosis] through which we ripen.
Grace is transmitted to us in four ways:
the work of the earth, the taste of the heavens,
and love and truth, which are beyond the heavens.
Blessed is the one who makes no sadness in the soul.
That one is Jesus Christ.
~ from The Gospel of Philip, Leloup-Rowe translation, p. 147