Thursday, June 21, 2007

prayer continued...

This is quoted in Philip Yancey's book Prayer: Does it make any difference?

A Franciscan Benediction:

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.


Does this speak to you in any way? How so? Let me know.



At 3:45 PM, Blogger BobGriffin said...


Without Truth there is no Justice
Without Justice, there can be no peace
Without Peace, Justice is fleeting

Be Well,
Bob Griffin

At 5:56 PM, Blogger BobGriffin said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I ultimately have Jim West to thank for the link to your blog, though he and I probably agree on rather little.

I haven't blogged on Biblical issues or issues of the faith since about 2004 or 2005, but I relish what I read by y'all.

How rich towards us in grace and mercy is our God! We, in Him, are His gifts to each other and to the world.

Be Well,
Bob Griffin

At 12:41 PM, Blogger MLM said...

No, the prayer doesn't speak to me. It is one of those things where man has tried to "wax poetic" but the prayer has no scriptural basis. These kinds of prayers (those with no scriptural basis) aren't the kind that get answered.

With that said, I think I know what the writer was getting at...and the goal is a good one, but to prayer for the things he prayed for seems to be a misdirection in my opinion. :o)


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