The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
December 9, 2015
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.