Make me an instrument of your peace

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred,
Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And 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.

-prayer by an anonymous Norman, c. 1915
called “The Peace Prayer of St. Francis”
(found on a St. Francis Holy Card during World War I)

  • Light a candle remembering Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit in a comfortable place with your palms up ready in a posture to receive.  Let your feet become rooted in the ground.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Open yourself to be an instrument of peace.
  • Notice how you have been an instrument of peace.
  • How is God calling you to be an instrument of peace today?
  • Give thanks to God for what has been sown and received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 10 2011,  Year A
Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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