Where There is Darkness, Light
This week, I was given the chance to pull together a playlist for my ‘birthday spin class.’ Our spin instructor encourages us to do this each year but it is the first time I took advantage of her offer. Not being too much in to music, I felt intimidated by choosing fun songs that would fit well in a spin class. One choice was easy though. Of all the songs I have heard in spin, my favorite is Servant of Peace by Snatam Kuar. If you haven’t had the chance to hear it, it is a must listen. After listening to the song, many times, I learned that the lyrics are taken from the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.
I think the words below are important for us all, regardless of faith or belief. Enjoy…
Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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.
Oh 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 into eternal life.
-Snatam Kuar, Servant of Peace
This is my favorite prayer. xoxo
Your Dammy’s as well! and mine!! Interesting. Have never heard it sung tho’.
Although I am of the Jewish faith, I have really come to admire the words and beliefs of St.Francis of Assisi, a gentle humble man who loved nature and all living things. This particular prayer is especially meaningful to me because it inspires me to be proactive in the manner with which I go through my life rather than just a victim of difficult times. It reminds me that there is always choice and responsibility in how we conduct ourselves, and reinforces that I am in fact a therapeutic agent. Thank you Stacey for this and for letting mr write in green which always gets my tail wagging!
Stacey, love your new blog and, as is often true, we love the same things. I discovered the music of Snatum Kaur last summer through a kundalini yoga class. Her song “Long Time Sun” is my absolute favorite. You must sample it on iTunes!
Sandy- I’m so happy to hear from you! I just downloaded Long Time Song and am listening to it now. It is gorgeous! Thanking you for telling me about it.