Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Food For Thought...

The Prayer Of St. Francis

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.

There are some days when a good song or a good prayer will really help you get through the day (hence, the playlist with some of our favorites)... Whether you're frustrated, angry, sad, fearful, or you just need to be a little stronger for someone that you love. And when I'm lost in my thoughts, this prayer can always help me find where I want to be. Each line can relate to my day no matter what it is like... I always read it and think about how I want to be a stronger person for those that are around me.

Sarah McLachlan sings this prayer as a song and it is so beautiful to listen to. Sometimes I play it over and over in the car on the way to work, especially when I know it's going to be a trying day. It helps me realize that no matter how angry or hurt I am, or how terrible I believe my trials or burdens to be, there is someone out there whose burdens are so much greater than I can even imagine. This helps to bring me peace, forgiveness, and hope in resolution for any of the issues I am struggling with. It makes me realize how lucky I am to have my family and friends, my husband, and Baby Brynn. :)

Forgiveness isn't easy for any of us, but it's something that is done-- without question-- for the people that you love. Being angry and resentful is like taking the easy way out. I'm so glad that someone has taught me that there is so much more to enjoy in life if you just stop the resentment and take responsibility for your words and actions... And forgive others for theirs. Why would you want to go one more day feeling that anger when it can all be cleared with a few kind words? Even if you feel that someone may not necessarily deserve them, as most of us often do.

I can only hope that one day I can teach Brynn the same lessons that my mother has taught me... To be a faithful person, and to forgive quickly and easily. I love you, Mom.

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13

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