#7 in the Christmastide Prayers for Peace Series
Find a quiet place and invite the God of your understanding into this moment and space made sacred by Love. When ready, return to your journal and write the St. Francis Prayer from its beginning and through the next prayer in the series.
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 despair, I may bring hope – that where there are shadows, I may bring light.
During this time of year, many of our religions and traditions include waiting for, remembering, and celebrating with light—light from a star (Christmas), recalling the mystical light of an oil lamp (Hanukkah), lighting seven candles in gratitude (Kwanzaa). But our need and search for light doesn’t necessarily follow any particular church or secular calendar. And, our souls tend to notice the dimming before our mind recognizes what shadows are in and around us.
Maybe it is a good time to be still and listen more closely to the quiet voice of our soul, and ask, “What shadows do I feel in the bright of day? What fading light has gone un-noticed in the busyness of this season?”
Listen to the words in the prayer, and the words inside of you. Write them down. Thank them. And, if there is silence, allow yourself to sit in the familiar comfort of these words of peace.
SHADOWS. I pause and notice not only the shadows I sense in me, but also ask what shadows I might have cast on others by inserting myself between them and their Higher Power/God?
I can call it “helping,” or getting it done faster and more efficiently. But when I am doing for others out of my need to be admired, or to be someone else’s solution when they have the resources to do it on their own—and in their own way—I am blocking the light of their one true Source.
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace – that where I am casting shadows by standing between you and yours, let me get out of the way of your Light.
*Prayer of St. Francis, as presented in ‘Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions‘
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. Amen.
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