Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Blessings of Discomfort, Anger, Tears and Foolishness



This Franciscan prayer is down-to-earth, honest and counter-cultural:

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 turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough courage
To believe that 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.

-source unknown (came from a post of a friend of mine)


I am encouraged by things like this lately. Working in a developing country is incredibly frustrating at times and hard on the heart. Whether you are in a developing country or a major city in a developed country, there is oppression, hunger and need all around us. A good reminder to keep our hearts soft that they lead us into action, modeling the love of Jesus.


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, It is the only thing that ever has.”
-Margaret Mead


Di said...

Well, said. And something I needed to hear. May we all be 'Blessed' in such ways right where we are. May we live with our eyes wide open and our hearts willing... Thank you

Ruby Derksen said...

Great words!

I love reading your posts! Thanks for sharing your lives and ministry with us.

Steve said...

Chantelle- thank you for this post. Good stuff.

Katherine Goertz said...

This is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.
love ya!