June 16, 2012
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A Prayer to Prepare to Pray the Prayer of St. Francis

I often begin or end my morning meditation with the Prayer of St. Francis.  Recently as I prayed I realized how much this prayer asks of me and that I have little or nothing to give unless God first fills me.  I felt prompted to pray the prayer in a new way to prepare myself to pray it in the traditional way.  And so I pray …

Prince of Peace, be my Source of deep and abiding peace;
where there is hatred within me, sow your love;
where there is injury, sow your pardon;
where there is doubt within me, sow faith;
where there is despair within me, sow hope;
and where there is sadness within me, sow your joy.
O Love Divine, grant me consolation that
I may be a source of consolation for others.
Grant me understanding that I may offer it to others.
Teach me to receive graciously that I may give generously.
Grant me pardon that I may freely pardon others.
Help me to die to self so that I may open myself
fully to you and be reborn to eternal Life.

Amen.

Eunice Cheshire, Founding Director

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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