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Peace Prayer

{Francis of Assisi}

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.

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.

Amen.

Written Prayers

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One of my favorite books, small and leather bound, is a collection of prayers and devotions written in the 16-1700’s  entitled The Valley of Vision.  A compilation of several authors’ personal reflections on both soul abandonment and replenishment, the language is rich, full of reverence and seeking, of men humbly laying wide their hearts before God in worship and finding that He is enough. In giving up control and yielding themselves without restraint or moderation to His designs, they experienced life anew.  Since discovering this little book, written prayers have become a regular part of my spiritual reading.

Over the past few years as my family has walked through some difficult days, I started writing down my own prayers as well.  Putting them on paper helps me better focus my thoughts.  I’ve posted some of them below.  While praying and writing,  nuggets of truth from books I’ve referred to in earlier posts as well as scripture kept surfacing.  Together, they  helped frame many of the considerations that were front and center on my heart and mind.  I’ve noted the authors whose phraseology I included as well as the Scripture referenced.

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