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Lord, make me a channel of thy peace: During Lent 2017, I am trying to learn this prayer, both to know the words and to pray them well. I plan to post twice on each line, offering a brief reflection and the witness of a voice who lived it well. Each post may also include a link to scripture from that day’s lectionary readings.

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace –

that where there is hatred, I may bring love –

that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness –

that where there is discord, I may bring harmony –

that where there is error, I may bring truth –

that where there is doubt, I may bring faith –

that where there is despair, I may bring hope –

that where there are shadows, I may bring light –

that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted –

to understand, than to be understood –

to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

More about the Franciscan peace prayer here.

The following tags were used during my time as chaplain, 2007-2013:

Monday: A weekly (in theory) reflection on whatever’s got my attention, or what I’d like to attend to.

Glimpses: Includes some aspect of life at Pepperdine that reflects how God is at work among us.

Rhythms: Refers to the rhythm of life in our academic community: certain transitions and events unique to our year together.

Windows: Noticing God’s life in the world in the creative work of culture-making people.

Mothers & Fathers: The witness of those who’ve walked with God before us.

Lectio: Reflection on scripture.

Downstream: My particular branch of Christianity drifted down river from the American Restorationist Movement. I’m somewhere downstream from Stone and Campbell, and I look up now and then and wonder.

I think the remaining tags are fairly self explanatory. I plan to use them prodigally.

Special Series:

“The Way of the Cross:” Past and present members of the Pepperdine community contributed a series of posts on Jesus’ journey to the cross, in preparation for Easter, 2012.

“Practicing Resurrection:” Past and present Pepperdiners contributed a series of reflections on Jesus’ post-Easter appearances, Easter 2012.

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