Harbor Life Church

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Grandville, MI 49418
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The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

December 9, 2015

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This past Sunday we talked about what it would mean for us to exchange our brokenness and conflict for peace.  The Hebrew word for peace is shalom.  It means wholeness, and points toward a time when everything will be as it should be.  God offers us the opportunity to make peace with him through Jesus.  God then invites us to extend peace to others because it has been given to us.

St. Francis of Assisi wrote the powerful prayer below.  It is a prayer asking God to help us to live in a way that participates in God’s peace-making efforts. Perhaps we can make it our own prayer as we receive and offer shalom today.

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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. Amen.

– St. Francis of Assisi