This Sunday at BLC

March 24, 2019 – Third Sunday in Lent

I keep a folder full of little prayers, favorite hymns and other items of inspiration. Many of them have been cut from old church bulletins, a few came from my mother’s notebook of her favorite prayers, some came from e-mails and Facebook, and some were written down from CD’s that I like to listen to. I pull out the folder from time to time to read over what has inspired me and I love to share them as devotionals at meetings and gatherings.

My very favorite prayer is the familiar “Prayer of St. Francis” which speaks of putting one’s self last and focusing on being a blessing to others.

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sew love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where this 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 pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

I love to read this prayer, listen to this prayer, speak this prayer and make it a guiding principle in my life.

A while ago I came across a song written by Glen Campbell called “Less of Me” which very much echo the words of St. Francis.

Let me be a little kinder, let me be a little blinder
To the faults of those about me, let me praise a little more.

Let me be when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery
Think a little more of others and a little less of me

Let me be a little braver when temptation bids me waver
Let me strive a little harder to be all that I should be

Let me be a little meeker with the brother that is weaker
Let me think more of my neighbor and a little less of me

Let me be when I am weary just a little bit more cheery
Let me serve a little better those that I am striving for.

Let me be a little meeker with the brother that is weaker
Think a little more of others and a little less of me

I heard it said once that if you are on an airplane being tossed around in turbulence, don’t pray for your own safety, but rather pray for the safety of the other passengers around you, and you will be saved by default. Both the words of St. Francis and Glen Campbell’s song are good reminders that when we forget about ourselves and concern ourselves for the well-being of those around us, we stand fully in God’s grace and peace and joy in our own lives.

~ Toni T.