Things That Last

I have held to hope too lightly:
letting go too easily
in the long night of doubt
only to find out a bit later
that holding on a little longer
would have spanned the crater.

I have let loose of love too late:
an ill-fated venture taken
for the wrong reasons,
bearing in my spirit
the wounding of my own bad choices,
a hounding of voices
speaking regrets through the years.

I have failed in faith:
too tired of waiting,
too much of hearing my own voice,
not seeing
that what could not be seen
was more real than the things
that made noise.

I have held too lightly,
let loose too late,

has hope, love or faith
ever failed me.

H. Arnett

About Doc Arnett

Native of southwestern Kentucky currently living in Ark City, Kansas, with my wife of twenty-nine years, Randa. We have, between us, eight children and twenty-eight grandkids. We enjoy singing, worship, remodeling and travel.
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1 Response to Things That Last

  1. Brian Casey says:

    Yes. A thousand times, yes. Thank you.

    Incidentally, a little academically, but also significantly: I recently discovered that in 1Thessalonians, the standard 1Cor13 order (faith, hope, love) is altered to faith, love, and hope 2x. It’s a bit of a stretch, perhaps, but we can even find that this order becomes a quasi-outline of the book. Moving forward, i.e, future, i.e., hope, is something of a theme, and faith and love are also dealt with. I think it’s no accident that “hope” appears last in this mighty triumvirate in 1Thess.

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