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Experience, Strength and Hope


Saturday, March 16, 2013

I was taught through membership in a couple of 12 step programs to share my experience, strength and hope with others. The great part of that is I always have at least two out of three of those working in my life daily. It was there that I also heard the following prayer for the first time- (Saint Francis of Assisi was a 13th century saint who lived among the beggars at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome):

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your 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. Amen

This for me is a tall order and whenever I find that I get anywhere close to living this prayer my life improves tremendously and expeditiously. It is such a relief to try to live selflessly as this prayer sets forth. It, for me, is so freeing and so true in my life today. Thank You Jesus, thank You Lord for showing me the way and for your mercy and blessing in my life today. Amen
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FRECKLE10 4/10/2013 10:11PM

    Sweet!

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CIERAPOET 3/21/2013 2:29PM

    emoticon AMEN!

Truly Jesus Is Our Example Of The Perfect Act Of Giving When He Gave All And I Thank Him For That! As I Live Each Day That Is What I Set Out To Do Is to Sow The Gift Of Love And Practice It For All The Others Fall In Line Then. It's A Growth Each Day But When We Determine To Be Who God Created Us To Be By Loving It Is A Journey Well Spent! emoticon For Sharing Truth That Transforms!
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SISSIE21 3/18/2013 12:49AM

    Thank you for sharing this. St. Francis is one of my heroes, his life was so inspiring! Have a great week sparking! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 3/16/2013 10:16PM

    emoticon for sharing!!!!

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PRIN1978 3/16/2013 10:24AM

    Amen!

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MERRYWON 3/16/2013 9:31AM

    Thank you for sharing and reminding me that when I make healthy choices, I feel better about myself, just wish it were easy for me to just do it!

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