John T. Willis

Friday, August 28, 2009

Make Me An Instrument

There is a powerful prayer attributed to the 13th century AD [CE] saint Francis of Assisi, although this prayer in its present form cannot be traced back further than 1912, when it was printed in France in French, in a small spiritual magazine called La Clochette (The Little Bell) as an anonymous prayer, as demonstrated by Dr. Christian Renoux in 2001. This prayer has known in the USA since 1936 and Cardinal Francis Spellman and Senator Hawkes distributed millions of copies of the prayer during and just after World War II.

Here is this prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow low;
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.

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.


At Highland, we love to sing a rendition of this song often. This song strikes at the very core of godly living. Take a little time each day. Dwell on each line. Let it sink deep into your heart and life. God will change YOU.

Let me hear from YOU. Share these thoughts with everyone around you. Abundant Blessings.

John Willis


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