Tuesday, December 10th
Season of Peace
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.
~ St. Francis of Assisi
We are a people longing for peace. Around and within, we know that there are conflicts and broken places. We know that we are spending too many resources of money and time, spending our whole lives seeking after, searching for, and aching for peace.
This prayer attributed to St. Francis from the 13th century speaks healing to our broken places. It is in our broken place where grace and mercy hold us. Peace isn’t something we can watch happen. It will come though our daily practice and prayer. Peace comes when we remember who always is holding our hearts. With our whole selves focused, we pray for peace to come to all God’s children this Advent.
Breath Prayer: (You fill in your words for where you are wanting focus) “Where there is ____ “ “____”
Prayer: Holy One, we are your children, your sons and daughters. Make us instruments of your peace this day and all our days, so that we may study war no more. May peace live in and through us, this we pray, Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.