Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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 to self that we are born to eternal life.
The other day I came across the Prayer of St. Francis. It has been a favorite of mine since he appeared to me many years ago. When I read it again it occurred to me that it is the perfect blueprint for our relationships and interactions with others. The key, of course, is to remember these words and act from that mindset. I speak often about being present in our lives and not acting from our automatic responses. I believe this prayer is a great tool to help us do that.
If we took the lead in our relationships, particularly the ones that challenge us, instead of reacting to the other person’s temperament, mood or behavior it could turn things around. With this prayer in mind, what if we took a moment before responding to a rude sales clerk or our demanding child, and tried to see what it is they are really crying out for? What if we responded with peace and love instead?
The second line of the prayer says, “Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” In all of your interactions remember that you reap what you sow. Be the bearer of love and it will be returned to you. Perhaps not in that moment, or with that person even, but when you live from love you will begin to create within your world the higher vibration of love, which will draw to you more loving people and situations.