This time of Advent is a time to prepare for the coming of Jesus. It also seems like it is one of the most hectic times of the year for people. At work people are hustling to bring projects to a close for the year and are preparing budgets and forecasts for the coming year. Schools are busy wrapping up the semester, and the students are worried about finals. Families are worried about Christmas preparations and where they are going to spend Christmas – trying to give each side of the family equal time. And parents – well they are worried about everything. This is just within our own lives. With today’s 24 hour news cycle, it can be overwhelming just opening the newspaper or turning on the news.
It is really hard to “prepare.” It is hard, but the things we worry about do not compare to what is coming.
The other day as I was checking Facebook and reading all the negative ranting posts of some of my “friends,” it must have been an unusual day, it seemed that many wanted to argue, and no one really wanted to see any good in eachother or the world. For some reason, during that moment I stumbled upon the Prayer of St. Francis and felt compelled to post it. It helped me “prepare” and put things back into focus. I will share it again here in hopes you, too, are moved by this prayer:
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.