Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Pastor Mark Jordan

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The prayer of St. Francis of Assisi has been running through my heart and mind this past week as I struggle to comprehend the destructive forces of evil in racis, bigotry, and terrorism. It’s been quite a few years since I first experienced this prayer, but it comes back to me during times of turmoil and unrest. It really speaks to me right now, so I decided to share this as our daily water for today. May it remind us all to be an instrument of God’s peace, which is definitely different from the peace that the world gives.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen.