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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877939894
  • Publisher: Avenue Records
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,172,547
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11
"Lord, make me..." 19
Prayer must open me to God's will 20
Prayer is an act of worship inspired by the Holy Spirit 22
Praying even when I'm not ready to do so wholeheartedly 24
Lord, I believe--abolish my unbelief! 26
I pray freely and fully when I realize God is in control 28
Beware turning worship and prayer into idolatry 30
"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 hand 38
The mighty orchestra of divine peace 41
Becoming the instrument God wants me to be 43
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace..." 45
To know God, I need to be still 46
Don't give this kind of prayer a second thought! 48
In "centering prayer" we give a little but get a lot 50
We don't seek peace--we seek God 52
The peace of Christ is at the heart of the gospel 53
Giving respect to everyone and everything 55
Can the peace of Christ be "enforced"? 57
The peace of Christ doesn't mean the end of conflicts 59
"Peace" may bring conflict and alienation 61
Peace breaks out only when justice is served 63
Accepting injustice is a phony peace 65
"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 heart 72
"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 always 76
If I'm self-absorbed, I won't pray the peace prayer 78
Peace prayer ideals are easy for us to identify with 80
Living the peace prayer one day at a time 83
We can make a difference in the lives of others 85
Pray for yourself when your need is great 87
Learning to live amid the forces of evil 89
The peace prayer calls for a one-on-one ministry 91
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 offense 97
A place for darkness in our spiritual lives 99
Reflecting the light of Christ 101
Some sadness is normal and inevitable 103
"Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console ..." 105
"Closure" is a lifetime effort for Christians 106
"Don't just do something, stand there!" 108
Preaching always--sometimes with words 110
"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 loving 118
Seeking to love rather than seeking to be loved 120
"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 receiving 126
"It is in pardoning that we are pardoned ..." 129
Why pardoning seems to go against the grain 130
My attitudes on forgiveness are hard to dislodge 134
A peaceful greeting signals willingness to pardon 136
"And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." 139
Praying for a "happy death" 140
Therapeutic chatter about death and dying 142
"May you die of an acute case of living" 145
"I will give my life" 147
To deny death is to live unrealistically 149
We don't respond from earthly motives alone 151
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