I have the privilege of doing a lot of weddings. The day in a couple's life where they make promises to one another. Promises to be faithful. Promises to support, encourage, and walk with their fellow image-bearer, through sickness and health, trials, great joy; and great loss.
In crafting a wedding ceremony, I encourage the couple to consider their vision for marriage. What do they want their lives to be about? How will their marriage find peace in hard times and good times and in-between times?
Recently a couple chose this beautiful prayer from St. Francis of Assisi. A prayer full of hope and power. A prayer relevant for our time of school shootings, scandal, political unrest, and daily reminders that things aren’t the way they're supposed to be.
St. Francis’ prayer is a vision worth considering for all of humanity regardless of a faith tradition or belief in God. Starting with me the chief of sinners…
~ By St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
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 we 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;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen