I slept over my friend’s place this weekend, and she lives with a Pastor and SMN. I was really blessed while staying there, because I could feel a spiritual comfort and sense of joy in the household… even though I did not meet the Pastor until I left their house to go back home.
Their house was decorated in a Korean style, and it was also filled with Bible verses and the SMN’s beautiful beautiful paintings. They had a sculpture with St. Francis’ famous prayer, and it really struck a chord with me… I had read it before, but today it is an even deeper, meaningful, and relatable prayer for this season of my life. Every sentence is applicable, and a beautiful prayer to pray to our Father.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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.