© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com
Ever-loving God, thank you for your presence in difficult situations. Help me be a true lover of peace, at peace in your vast heart. Amen.
Let me be a true lover of peace.
I came upon this statue of St. Francis when I was taking a walk during retreat. I was attending a 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. As I walked the grounds of the retreat center, I found surprises such as this statue. Each surprise reminds me that if I stay alert, I'll find glimpses of the holy in the most unlikely places.
Who in your life best shines through as a "true lover of peace"?
Francis of Assisi
How cool is it that we have writings by Saint Francis — the saint of garden statues and animal blessings. This booklet is one of The Upper Room Spiritual Classics. It contains collected writings by Francis of Assisi and his female sidekick, Clare of Assisi.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”