READ: James 2.

THINK: Read James 2 again, slowly, really thinking about the words and how they apply to your life.

PRAY: There is a prayer, attributed to the great 13th-century Saint Francis of Assisi, that hangs on the wall in my office. I pray it often, and I cannot help but think of it when I read the words of James 2. Today, after having stopped to carefully consider what James writes and how it applies to you, I encourage you to pray this along with me. I’d also encourage you – if you’re willing – to spend a brief time writing down some ways in which you could live out this chapter of the Bible and this prayer:

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.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.

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