simplify our lives

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Forbid it Lord, that our roots become
   too firmly attached to this earth,
   that we should fall in love with things.
Help us to understand
   that the pilgrimage of this life
   is but an introduction, a preface,
   a training school for what it to come.
Then we will see all of life in its true perspective.
Then shall we not fall in love with the things of time,
   but come to love the things that endure.
Then shall we be saved from the tyranny
   of possessions which we have no leisure to enjoy,
   of property whose care becomes a burden.
Give us, we pray, the courage to simplify our lives,

Peter Marshall, 1902 – 1949, Chaplain of the US Senate

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Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,
  set your hearts on things above, where Christ is,
  seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

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