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;
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.
Lord, make me an INSTRUMENT...not Lord, bring peace so I can enjoy it, but make me work for it...allow me to be a part of the solution, ojt merely a recipient of the reward. Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with ME!
So how do we bring peace? The prayer gives many ideas. Where there is hatred, sew love, is a very good place to start. Peace comes through love. Make me an instrument of THY peace. Let us not forget, God is Love
Peace comes through people like us being willing to go against the norm of blaming and putting the burden upon others to bear. Scapegoats are created to give pardon to those wishing to defer responsibility for their own happiness, health, well-being and prosperity. It is the government's fault, our neighbor's fault, or the fault of our boss, our spouse, the foreigners, the other political party, the leeches of society or anyone other than us. We don't even take responsibility for our own health, so it seems, without blaming germs, genes, the weather or something else other than the choices we make, which most of the time, it is due to things within our own control.
We have to stop blaming on all levels in order for peace to occur. Stop blaming others and take responsibility for your own life. Then, stop blaming yourself and find inner peace. Stop blaming yourself and respond wisely to your own needs. Responsibility is all about utilizing your own ability to respond to the situations in life. Blaming and finding fault keeps us bound to negativity. Taking responsibility allows us the freedom to choose the result that we want and to pursue it. There is certainly much peace in that.
Make me an instrument of thy peace...."THY" peace...the peace that passeth all understanding. Not peace for selfish motives. Not peace for material gain. Peace only for the good of all. The peace of unconditional Love.
We are asked in the prayer given above to sew seeds of love, pardon, faith, hope, light and joy, not to just sit idly by and wait for the harvest to come. Again, it is upon us to bring peace; to actually be instruments in the process of bringing it forth. We are to take part. We are to speak out against hatred and injustice, spreading light, spreading love, spreading peace. Where there are those who feel hopeless we are to bring hope to their weary souls, and in so doing, our own weary souls shall find all of thee things and we, ourselves, will know peace.
It is in giving that we receive.
It is True in turn that what we receive is reflective of that which we give. "As we sow, so shall we reap." "What goes around, comes around." There are many famous sayings reflective of this truth that we all know to be True in our hearts. It is the Golden Rule. "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Jesus said it. Buddha said it. Everyone's grandmother said it. You know it and so do we all. If we all lived by it, there would surely be Peace. Do we blame the other guy for not starting first, or do we take responsibility for starting it first ourselves, and then hang in there even when they haven't yet felt it quite yet and returned it to us. UNCONDITIONAL Love is what's needed for Peace. Forgiveness over and over again. Are we willing to do that for Peace?
That's a very tall order indeed, and dare I say, that's why there's not peace. People are afraid of not getting their due reward. The reward, though, is in the giving. It's hidden inside the work. Peace comes from knowing deep in your heart that you are doing the right thing and that your motives are truly pure. You may have to forgive seventy times seventy to get to that point. Maybe the forgiveness is for ourselves. The rewards surely do seem to be.
"For it is in pardoning that we are pardoned. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life."
We must die to our old selves in order to be transformed. Only Love is eternal. It is in dying to anything other than Love that we, too, go on forever more, knowing true Peace.
We all feel lonely and forgotten at times. Aren't these really the best times to reach out to someone else who might be feeling this way, rather than to sit lonely and blame those who don't come to visit or call, or to blame ourselves for not having anyone who might wish to come? Become that person to someone else, and you, too, will find a new friend...in the other person and in yourself.
There is nothing better to get our mind off of our own problems than to try and help someone else. Need cheering up? Cheer someone else up! Need hope? Give hope to somebody else. Need a helping hand? What talents can you lend to someone else? (That's a good one to stay paid up in karma on!)
Karma is simply putting into the Universe what you would like to get back. It's building your world, in a sense. If you think, speak and act in a negative manner, negativity is what you are filling your world with, in turn. If you think, speak and behave in a positive manner, you will enjoy a positive life. We all live somewhere in between the two extremes. The point is that what you put out, you get back. What you focus on and put energy into is what your energy goes into producing in your own life. It's really quite simple to understand. The Prayer of St. Francis gives us a practical way of bringing about Peace in our lives based on this principle, whether you call it Karma or sowing and reaping, it's all the same thing. To get peace, you must first give peace. You have to be an instrument for the music to play through your soul for all to hear.
So, stop waiting for someone else to bring you the peace that your spirit craves. Give it. Put it out there. Be an instrument. Stop blaming others or yourself for your misfortunes and start giving to yourself and others that which it is that you want. Focus upon that and nothing else. Focus on living in peace and harmony with yourself, others, God, the world, nature and all of life. Put out peaceful thoughts. Act in a peaceful manner in all that you do. Speak words of peace. Peace will be yours as a result, and those you inspire will also come to know peace as do those by whom you are inspired to know the meaning of peace. Allow it to move through your heart. Forgive again and again and again. Forgiving does not mean allowing others to walk over you, it means sending them love and understanding, knowing that they do not know the way. Shine a light. Be an instrument of peace.
Pray peace. For everyone. Be still and know I am God. Spend time in meditation. Come to know how to quiet your mind. There are many ways. Relax. Listen to peaceful sounds. Listen to silence. Concentrate on the sound of your heart. Observe your breath. Become comfortable inside this quiet space. Know the entire Universe is in your mind and also at peace.
Breathe peace. Realize your breath is connected with all the breath of the world.
Eat peace. Send love to those who produce your food. Pure Love. Nothing but love. Take care in choosing your food with peace in mind. Shine light where there is none. There is much exploitation in the food industry today, directed towards animals and humans both. Being an instrument of peace requires that we care about these sorts of things and act to bring about love and shine a light upon darkness.ae
Speak peace. Even in politics. Especially in politics! Be peace.
Be love. Peace lives inside of Love.
Rev. Dr. Jody Evans, ND, CTN, CNHP, D.D.