It is no surprise or accident that we attribute the prayer “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace” to Saint Francis. Francis not only opened our eyes to see the humble Babe of Bethlehem and the God who bends low to be with us, but the life and witness of Saint Francis continues to offer guidance for living faithfully in our often troubled and fearful world.
—Larry J. Peacock, The Living Nativity: Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
—Colossians 3:15 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, Give me wisdom to learn from the blessings, stresses, and sorrows of all that lies behind, and give me the strength and hope to press on to what lies ahead.
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