“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.


It's All Connected said...

I haven't seen this prayer in a very long time. Thank you for the reminder of how I should be living! ~ Maureen

Valerie said...

Thank you for this good reminder today Dottie, and for putting the prayer into visual form with beautiful layers, colors and textures that are fitting for the prayer.

Anonymous said...

This beautiful prayer is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for sharing it.

Scottie O'Toole said...

Brenda shared your blog and art work with me. You write so well, straight from your heart and your artwork is lovely. The things we all too often do not know about our neighbors, eh?

Dottie said...

Thanks Scottie! Glad you enjoyed! Both the blog and the art work are my way of taking care of myself and feeding my spirit.