Posted by: Bob Clark | June 14, 2010

A Franciscan Benediction

While reading Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey, I was moved by the following prayer included on page 105.

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.

Amen

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Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing that, Bob. It’s beautiful and touching, something I’d like to keep close to my heart and in the front of my mind. Thanks.

  2. Hey Kendra. I find myself drawn to these words over and over again.


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