There Is Nothing We Can Give You

There is nothing we can give you

which you have not.

But there is much, very much,

that while we cannot give it,

you can take.

No heaven can come to us

unless our hearts find rest

in today.

Take heaven!

No peace lies in the future

which is not hidden

in this present instant.

Take peace!

The gloom of the world

is but a shadow.

Behind it, yet within reach,

is Joy.

Take joy!

Life is so generous a giver,

but we, judging its gifts

by their covering,

cast them away as ugly,

or heavy, or hard.

Remove the covering

and you will find beneath it

a living splendor,

woven of love.

Welcome it!

Welcome it, grasp it

and you touch the angel's hand

that brings it.

Take the hand!

- from Fra Giovanni 1513 AD

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