This Sunday’s devotional features a prayer associated with Saint Francis of Assisi, but not written by him. I’ve been reminded this week that the solution to the problems in the world must begin with us. It’s no good blaming everyone else for all the things that are wrong, because we are part of the problem. We have to accept this in humility before we can be part of the solution.
So I encourage you to read this prayer through several times, making a humble personal reflection each time. Maybe read it through once quickly, and then next time very slowly. Possibly taking half an hour or more to read it through, not moving on to the next line until you have really reflected on each line. First ask yourself if there are any of those negative things in your life before moving on to others, recognising that none of us are perfect.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.
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