–  Saint Francis of Assisi

 

Make ME an Instrument of your Peace

The following prayer, known as the Prayer of St Francis, is a perfect one to pray when you are seeking to live in peace and joy. As Christians, the Bible encourages us to “let our light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:6) The prayer of St Francis is a beautiful reminder of what that looks like in everyday life. This is such an encouraging and uplifting prayer that teaches us how we can live like Jesus Christ and serve those around us, putting others’ needs first.

 

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.

 

Also known as the Peace Prayer, this text is a widely known and popular prayer among Christians. The prayer is often attributed to Francis Bernadone who was born in Assisi, Italy in 1181. After living a carefree childhood and young adulthood filled with wealthy entertainment and pleasure, Francis fell ill at the age of 20 and his thoughts began to focus on eternity and his relationship with God. Francis turned from his wealthy lifestyle and decided to give his life over to the church. He passed in 1226 after rekindling the love of God among thousands.

 

The actual text of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis originates from a small religious magazine named La Clochette that was published in France in 1912. The prayer was published anonymously but many believe the magazine’s founder, Father Esther Bouquerel, to be the author.

 

The Holy Bible Chapters and Verses for Peace

Psalm 29:11 – The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those who minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Let Us Bless

There is one who sings the song of his own life, finding everything within himself. There is one who leaves the circle of herself, and sings the song of her people. There is one whose voice rings with the song of humanity, hoping for the highest perfection. And there is one who rises even higher, uniting with all creatures, with all worlds, filling the universe with song. Let us bless!

 

An Unending Love

We are loved by an unending love. We are embraced by arms that find us even when we are hidden from ourselves. We are touched by fingers that soothe us even when we are too proud for soothing. We are counselled by voices that guide us even when we are too embittered to hear. We are loved by an unending love. We are supported by hands that uplift us even in the midst of a fall. We are urged on by eyes that meet us even when we are too weak for meeting. We are loved by an unending love. Embraced, touched, soothed, and counselled, Ours are the arms, the fingers, the voices; Ours are the hands, the eyes, the smiles; We are loved by an unending love.

 

Our Love for God

Love your God with every heartbeat, with every breath, with every conscious act. Keep in mind the words I command you today. Teach them to your children, talk about them at work: whether you are tired or you are rested. Let them guide the work of your hands; keep them in the forefront of your vision.  Do not leave them at the doorway of your house, or outside your gate. They are reminders to do all of My commandments, so that you can be holy for your God. I led you out of Egypt to become your God, I am Adonai your God!