Some prayers you’ve known all your life, others you learn and love when you least expect them.
One of my favorite prayers from childhood and up to this day is 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; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
This is a prayer that comes to me in song and it sticks in my head for days.
This is one song that I love having stuck in my head.
“He who sings, prays twice.” – St Augustine
This is God speaking to me and letting me know He’s there. He is leading me to prayer without my even realizing it.
As children we are told that sometimes it takes a while for God to respond, or that it may not be the answer we were waiting for. But we need to be patient.
Patience. Not my strongest suit.
But this teaching of patience in prayer is something that has always stuck with me.
While there have only been a few times in my life that I remember truly hearing God while I was praying, I always know he is there listening.
Most of the time when I can’t hear him, I think it’s because I am not listening hard enough or my mind is wandering.
However, it never fails that he answers my prayers, sooner or later. I do realize it when it happens, never-the-less I am always searching for the answer immediately.
When Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace pops into my head randomly I know He’s talking. He’s leading and it’s my job to take to heart what he is telling me.
Yesterday, the song popped into my head as I was making dinner after dealing with a lot of bickering and fighting between my older two kids.
The song was just what I needed.
It was a reminder that even though the day has been tough, I still need to be an instrument of God’s peace.
He was clearly telling me to forgive, understand and be filled with love.
Talk about an eye opener.
I had not been the most patient with the kids. My understanding and patience had progressively lessened as the day went on.
I had hit a limit and my patience and understanding was not where it needed to be.
But after a few times of singing Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, I was feeling a rush of relaxation and love.
That overwhelming feeling that says, “You can do this. Remember I am with you.”
Thank you God for reminding me to be the person you want me to be. Help me to be that instrument of your peace to my family and anyone I meet today and everyday.