Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Discomfort

As I get older I'm finding it a bit easier to pause before reacting to things (but only a bit!).
Something's been bugging me for a few days now, and I'm letting it just stick around in the background. I know that I would like to do something about it - but I'm not sure what or when.
Anyway, I came across a prayer (attributed to St Francis of Assisi) at the weekend, and the first few lines seem to capture my present state of mind. So I thought I'd share it, while I cogitate and contemplate how to deal with my current discomfort.

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 foolishness
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.

3 comments:

nonprofitprophet said...

Amen. ~npp

His Girl Friday said...

excellent! Thank you for sharing this, ER.

lucy said...

very thought provoking poem. i love it. i hate it :-) your friday photo works with it beautifully. thanks for sharing!