Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

I love music from lots of different genre, but there is one song that every time I hear it, I get goose bumps all over. That song is “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.  To me, this is more than just a song; it’s a beautiful prayer of hope and peace. Those goose bumps I mentioned always get me at the same spot of the song each time I hear it.  It’s the second to last sentence:

“To take each moment and live each moment in peace, eternally.”

I wish everyone would take these words to heart; what a better world we would all live in.  With all the violence and negativity we hear on the airwaves and see on the streets, that seem to cast a shadow over the positive, it makes it hard to take that lyric to heart, but it’s important to remember one important idea that is heard in the opening line of the song:

“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

Here I sit typing this blog saying how important it is to remember this idea, yet I struggle daily trying to remember. How easy it is for me to find myself judging others, losing my temper, being a hypocrite of my own words. I need, we all need, to find the way back into our hearts through prayer. Allow me to end with a prayer from St. Francis to help plant those seeds of hope and peace found n the words of the fore-mentioned song:

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; 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; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. Amen

***God Bless***

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About the Author

Michael Glassmeyer is a lifelong Catholic who has spent the past several years examining his own faith and beliefs in an attempt to understand the beliefs and actions of others involving local, state, national, and world events. Michael lives in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, and is married with three children. (@MPGlassmeyer)