Monday, February 25, 2008

Lent: A Fransican Benedection

Larry James, from Central Dallas Ministries posted the following Franciscans prayer on his blog.

May God bless you with discomfort
at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships
so that you may live deep within your heart

May God bless you with anger
at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace

May God bless you with tears
to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
to turn their pain into joy

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in the world
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done
to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.


All I can say is WOW!!! That is my life prayer, for myself personally that I can be the radical foolish Jesus follower the benediction challenges us to become. May the Lord bless you with the wisdom of heaven, and the foolishness of man, to pray this prayer daily!

4 comments:

wilsonian said...

Amen and amen.

Niki said...

I second that Amen. :)

Kevin J. Bowman said...

I fully plan on teaching this prayer to my children, so they will grow up with it as part of their life mantle!

Elysa said...

WOW. That is a powerful prayer and one that I feel like I'm definitely walking thru right now as I struggle with anger, discomfort, etc.

I'm posting this one at my blog along.

Thanks, Kevin!