I’ve been thinking about this prayer a lot. And yes, I know that it is probably not written by Francis of Assisi at all, but that it most likely is not much more than one century old. But that does not matter much, what matters is the prayer, and what it communicates to God when you pray it.
so first the prayer:
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.
Just read the prayer, and think about what it says. And imagina that we as Christians could live in the spirit of this prayer, in this kind of humility. How different a world we would have if we would live like that, and be in such a way transformed by the Holy spirit to something more christlike, more loving, more humble… Btw, Mother Theresa used this prayer as a part of the daily prayers of her order. It must be very powerful to pray this prayer daily!
I guess most of you already know this prayer. To me it’s like lots of bible texts, i’ve known it for a long time, but when I get to really know the depts of it, it’s something so overwhelming… I hope you all will be inspired by it, and by the idea of living christlike and humble…
If you want to hear it sung: here is a link to the beatiful Denison Witmer version. It is from a beautiful free mp3- collection of live solo performances that he has put on happy birthday denison, be sure to check that site out… There also is a great version of this song by the innocence mission!