Let Me Sow Love: Living the Peace Prayer of St. Francis

Let Me Sow Love: Living the Peace Prayer of St. Francis

by James E. Adams
     
 

Take another look at a treasured prayer. Ideally suited for today's busy Christian, Let Me Sow Love brings us the beloved Peace Prayer of St. Francis in a fresh, new way. Line by line the prayer is opened for us in a way that is refreshing and engaging. Scripture and reflection are woven together to highlight themes of St. Francis, and questions guide the reader in… See more details below

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Take another look at a treasured prayer. Ideally suited for today's busy Christian, Let Me Sow Love brings us the beloved Peace Prayer of St. Francis in a fresh, new way. Line by line the prayer is opened for us in a way that is refreshing and engaging. Scripture and reflection are woven together to highlight themes of St. Francis, and questions guide the reader in quiet prayer. Author James Adams brings us a new way of seeing things, a new experience of peace, a fresh perspective on love. The sections of the book are short enough to be read at any time during an active person's day. Lively and accessible, they offer a quick respite, an opportunity to direct one's attention to God and the prophetic message of St. Francis. They are a chance to let the words, concepts, and images of St. Francis shape your day and bring you peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877939894
Publisher:
Avenue Records
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
927,951
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 6.96(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction11
"Lord, make me..."19
Prayer must open me to God's will20
Prayer is an act of worship inspired by the Holy Spirit22
Praying even when I'm not ready to do so wholeheartedly24
Lord, I believe--abolish my unbelief!26
I pray freely and fully when I realize God is in control28
Beware turning worship and prayer into idolatry30
"Praying as if everything depended on me"32
Beware of asking: what can I do for God?34
"Lord, make me an instrument..."37
An instrument in God's hand38
The mighty orchestra of divine peace41
Becoming the instrument God wants me to be43
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace..."45
To know God, I need to be still46
Don't give this kind of prayer a second thought!48
In "centering prayer" we give a little but get a lot50
We don't seek peace--we seek God52
The peace of Christ is at the heart of the gospel53
Giving respect to everyone and everything55
Can the peace of Christ be "enforced"?57
The peace of Christ doesn't mean the end of conflicts59
"Peace" may bring conflict and alienation61
Peace breaks out only when justice is served63
Accepting injustice is a phony peace65
"Where there is hatred, let me sow love ..."67
How pervasive human hatred is!68
Do I realize I need to be saved from hate?70
Sow forgiving love first in my own heart72
"Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon ... doubt, faith ... despair, hope ... darkness, light ... sadness, joy ..."73
Dare I aspire to goals short of my calling?74
Compassion is called for everywhere and always76
If I'm self-absorbed, I won't pray the peace prayer78
Peace prayer ideals are easy for us to identify with80
Living the peace prayer one day at a time83
We can make a difference in the lives of others85
Pray for yourself when your need is great87
Learning to live amid the forces of evil89
The peace prayer calls for a one-on-one ministry91
Peace prayer isn't the grand prayer of co-dependency!93
Am I helping others get out of their ruts?95
Taking offense and giving offense97
A place for darkness in our spiritual lives99
Reflecting the light of Christ101
Some sadness is normal and inevitable103
"Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console ..."105
"Closure" is a lifetime effort for Christians106
"Don't just do something, stand there!"108
Preaching always--sometimes with words110
"Grant that I may not so much seek to be ... understood as to understand ..."113
Is it better to understand or to be understood?114
"Grant that I may not so much seek to be ... loved as to love ..."117
The joy of loving118
Seeking to love rather than seeking to be loved120
"For it is in giving that we receive ..."123
"It is in giving that we receive"124
We are called to be open to both giving and receiving126
"It is in pardoning that we are pardoned ..."129
Why pardoning seems to go against the grain130
My attitudes on forgiveness are hard to dislodge134
A peaceful greeting signals willingness to pardon136
"And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."139
Praying for a "happy death"140
Therapeutic chatter about death and dying142
"May you die of an acute case of living"145
"I will give my life"147
To deny death is to live unrealistically149
We don't respond from earthly motives alone151

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