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Hold All Things Lightly

I can’t believe it broke today –

The coffee pot we got in May;

Those towels I washed got caught and frayed,

It seems I bought them yesterday.

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I thought we fixed that squeaky door –

That could have been two-thousand-four.

The neighbor’s cat, our carpet tore;

And our van needs maintenance once more.

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And on could go the list of stuff

We owned and thought would be enough –

To last for years and serve us well,

But ’tis the story life will tell…

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Don’t hold on tight to things below,

They’ll one day come, and one day go.

Don’t let your joy and peace depend

On what will break once and again.

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Hold all things lightly in your grasp

This earth will fade, and forever pass;

Rest heart and hand in God alone,

Bound, free of earth’s grasp, for your eternal home.

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