Teach them what to carry
Take these hands
Don’t make a fist, no
Take this mouth
So quick to criticize
Take this mouth
Give it a kiss
Always pain before the child is born
Still, I’m waiting for the dawn
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Jesus taught that we are supposed to be in this world making a difference. We are supposed to be making this world a better place for his sake. When I sing Bono’s lyrics I can’t help but imagine Jesus smiling and nodding along. One of my favorite quotes is often attributed (erroneously I might add) to Francis of Assisi. No one knows who it originated with but it sums up a key element of the teachings of Jesus.
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
That is the opening line to a much longer prayer that goes like this:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.
It is still commonly referred to as the Prayer of Saint Francis even though no one believes that he was the author. That doesn’t rob it of its truth or its effectiveness. It is still a prayer that I strive to not only pray but live out in my everyday life. As I have been adjusting to this job at Walmart I am quickly learning that it is going to give me unlimited opportunities to live out the lyrics to this song, the words of Christ, and the musings of whoever wrote the prayer I shared.
Lord, take my hands. Lord, take my mouth. Amen
Grace and peace.