“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

~ Carl Jung

Monday, September 3, 2012

Make Me An Instrument of Peace

This weekend I finally started a new art journal.  I finished my last one in late June; and, in spite of having purchased a new one right away, for some reason I haven’t been able to make a page.  It hasn’t been a completely dry period when it comes to creativity.  I did do an altered book for my husband for our anniversary;  but, I haven’t blogged or art journaled.  I just haven’t felt like I had anything worthwhile to say or put on a journal page. 

Last week something I read made me think about the prayer of  St Francis  which has long been one of  my favorite prayers.  I love this prayer and I have tried to let it guide my life.  I am not always successful; but, when it comes to other people at least I make an effort.  What I realized last week is that it is equally important for me to be an instrument of peace in my own life.   I need to sow love, forgiveness, light, and hope in my own life when the darkness of  life fills my mind and heart.  So, this is my prayer that I might remember to be an instrument of peace in my own life as well as the lives of others. 

The Prayer of St. Francis

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.
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.