Some time back, I was going through some serious struggles. I had made a big move, leaving good friends, and even one child behind to come to the big state of Texas. My mom had been involved in a serious accident and we lost her husband who was a big part of our family. I had also been struggling with some questions to God, about people who claim to know Him and even serve Him, but seem to easily walk a lifestyle of anger, hatred, abuse, and proclaim "enemy status" toward fellow brother's and sister's in Christ...with seemingly no conviction or remorse. This lead me to search my own heart in regard to the same type of fatal flaws in my own life, wanting desperately to be free of all hatred and bitterness. I sought much counsel during this time, from a counselor, ministers, and trusted friends, but my mother shared with me something that changed my heart and helped me heal and live in the freedom of Jesus Christ! It is a prayer, and I have committed to praying it daily and trying to live it to the best of my ability with God's help (the ONLY way it can be done). Today the prayer is on my heart. It is the...
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
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;
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.