“All this I observed as I tried my best to understand all that’s going on in this world. As long as men and women have the power to hurt each other, this is the way it is.” Ecclesiastes 8:9
Lord, make me an instrument of your 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.
–St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis prayed this prayer because he wanted to share his beliefs as to how each person can help bring peace to the world. It’s a contrast from the lyrics of a memorable Coca Cola advertisement in 1971:.
I’d like to buy the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves
I’d like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I’d like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That’s the real thing
What the world wants today
Is the real thing.
(Created by Bill Backer with composers Billy Davis, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway)
It takes more to satisfy the thirst of the world to be hateful and cruel than sharing Coke around the world. However, it is a sweet idea. We can individually help bring peace to the world by standing in front of a mirror every morning and repeating St. Francis’ prayer out loud.
Lord, let everyone be an instrument of peace. Amen.