Lately, I’ve been feeling
yes even hateful at times
As recently as this morning I’ve sought to be consoled
My heart has been heavy.
And then I read this:
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.
Oh 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.
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
St. Francis of Assissi
We’ve all read this before (right?!)….
I know I have read it and heard it a hundred times.
But reading it when you feel like I’ve felt
gives it new weight
on my heart.