“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.”
(By St. Francis of Assisi)
The above prayer, which was adapted into a popular hymn version “Make Me A Channel of Your Peace”, and later adapted and set to music in 1967 by South African songwriter Sebastian Temple, is one of my favorites. This is a prayer of the one who ardently seeks God’s intervention to live a godly life.
This is my prayer too. Because I have so much difficulty in understanding other people. I love to be understood. But to understand is a struggle. In Christian faith, understanding is one of the seven gifts of the Spirit. When someone receives it, it is easier for that person to accept and understand others. In short, he becomes a giver of it. Sadly, not all of us is given this gift. I am included.
Perhaps the easier path to understand others, is to know where they come from, what their baggage is, and how heavy the load. We will also apply this principle with ourselves. Because we could not understand others fully if we also are not that understanding towards ourselves. The beautification of life should start in our own backyard. The process may not be easy. Yet the path to a better us is never ending.
May we all receive this gift of understanding in the days to come.
Have a purposeful day!