I recently found myself indignant over something a friend said and responded with angry words of my own.  Even as I spoke, my spiritual contentment and peace evaporated.  Then I turned to the Lord in my morning quiet time and asked what He would say to me. The gentle answer came as I felt impressed to invoke the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi:

  • Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.                                               Saint Francis
  • Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
  • Where there is injury, pardon,
  • Where there is doubt, faith,
  • Where there is despair, love,
  • 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: Yes, Lord, this is my prayer. Bring peace again to this relationship and true joy. Help me not injure my friend, but rather lift her spirit and self-image. Amen.

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