Prayer for peace

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; 
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. 

(A variation on the Peace Prayer of St Francis of Assisi)

Jesus, help us to understand how knowing you can bring peace into our lives. Let us talk of your love as others talk of hate.

If others hurt us, enable us to quickly forgive and when those around us show doubt and fear, give us the strength to encourage them with our faith and instil hope in them for the future.

Where there is sadness in our lives, help us to find your joy beyond the dark clouds that hang heavy on our hearts.

When the darkness of death surrounds us, let the warmth of your love melt away our fears and uncertainties.

Jesus, allow us to see you in all those we meet and help us to consider others needs before our own. For you showed us by your death on the cross that it is only through us giving to others during our stay on this earth, that we will receive our eternal reward in heaven.

Jesus, please help me to be the person you created me to be.

I’m Peter Mack and that’s faith.

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