Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Make me a channel of your peace

The popular hymn 'Make me a channel of your peace' was written by Sebastian Temple, who adapted the words from the famous prayer attributed to St Francis of Assisi. It is interesting that Sebastian actually grew up in Pretoria, South Africa before moving to London. After his conversion he wrote the lyrics to the hymn.

The opening line in the original prayer actually states "make me an instrument of thy peace." This is challenging line to pray, don't you think? When we pray these words we are asking God to use us as His 'channel' or 'instrument' to allow peace to flow to others.

A channel facilitates the flow of water from one place to another. Being a channel of peace means allowing the peace of God to flow from us into others. That is challenging indeed. Sometimes we act more like a barrier to peace than an instrument or channel.

As you reflect on your spiritual health today, are you being a channel for God?

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
Francis of Assisi
James 3:18Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Grace and peace to you

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