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How Francis Lived

"For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice..." (Zechariah 4:10)

St Francis of Assisi was a man of action, impetuous and impulsive and totally committed to the Lord Jesus.  The song below with lyrics by Donovan is meant to be a reflection on the life of Francis.  It talks of simplicity and heartfelt service for the Lord.  However Francis' great achievements in preaching and teaching were gained at a rapid pace before he died at the early age of 45.  The slow pace of the song seem at odds with that.  Nevertheless I like  the idea in this song of taking care day by day of the small things and remembering the ultimate goal.

If you want your dream to be, 
Build it slow and surely. 
Small beginnings greater ends. 
Heartfelt work grows purely. 

If you want to live life free, 
Take your time go slowly. 
Do few things but do them well. 
Simple joys are holy. 

Day by day, stone by stone, 
Build your secret slowly. 
Day by day, you'll grow, too, 
You'll know heaven's glory.

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