Make Me an Instrument

Some prayers are universal in nature. The prayer that is ascribed to, but not written by, Saint Francis of Assisi is one of those prayers.

Some prayers are so familiar it’s easy to recite them without giving any thought to the power of their message. Why not take a new look at this familiar prayer and actually meditate on it throughout the day. I suggest putting it where you will see it throughout the day. I have it on my iPhone and iPad for easy access throughout my day. At the end of the day take a few moments to see what difference being mindful of this prayer has made for you.

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.

This anonymous prayer can be traced to France around 1912. It was distributed as a prayer for peace during World War I. It’s believed to first be printed in English in the Quaker Friends’ Intelligencer¬†in 1927.

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