Instruments of Peace: Dove Graphic with the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

When I was growing up, one of the few “religious” things that I remember that touched me and influenced me deeply was the words to the Prayer of St. Francis. I don’t know what it is about this particular “prayer” or quote, but to me, I feel as though it expresses my own desire to live like Christ in the midst of the world that has anything but peace.

I had come back to this recently. The cats knocked off a bunch of sketchbooks off of my shelf full of sketchbooks, and in keeping with my ADHD homemaking skills, I sat down and thumbed through a few sketchbooks. I found a rough draft of this particular concept…trying to figure out how to fit the entire quote of the Prayer of St Francis within a silhouette of a dove shape, while also trying out other shapes such as a peace sign or a cloud.

The words are, to me, even more, powerful today than they were when I first heard them 40 years ago, or when I sketched out the concept about 15 years ago.

Right now, it seems as though everywhere we turn, there is turmoil, and grumbling, and fighting and chaos. There are accusations, and bullying, and name calling, and rudeness.

“Lord make me an instrument of your peace”

When I turn on facebook, half the time I wonder why I did it.

” Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith; “

Then I realize that just as Social Media can be used to argue pointlessly about things that we will never resolve through name calling and “destroying their arguments”, social media can also be used to edify, encourage, and even heal.

Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

The realization hits me fresh that in each one of us that claims the name of Christ is the power to be a light in the darkness and to be Jesus to the world that is divided and angry and hurting.  When we ask the Lord to help us see through His eyes, it’s amazing how different the world looks.

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;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

I finally completed this using the sketches and of course Adobe Illustrator, and have them up in different formats in my Zazzle store.


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