Joe Jencks

Prayer of St. Francis

from The Wonder Deep Within

Based on the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

As a musician, this prayer has always been close to my heart.  A modern setting of it seemed timely.  It works too!  It's a great mantra.  This song was a spiritual gift to me in a time of need, and with it I wish you peace as well.

(Chorus)
Lord make me an instrument
An instrument of your peace
Lord make me an instrument
An instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred, let me bring your love
Where there's injury, let me bring your healing, Lord
Where there's a shadow of doubt within the soul
Let me bring true faith in you

Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope
Where there's darkness, let me always be your light
Where there is sadness and grief within this world
Let my life reflect your joy

Only as we forgive can we ever be forgiven
For all the harm we've caused
And the good we've failed to do
Only in giving can we ever hope to receive
Only in dying to ourselves are we born to you

Words and Music © 2004 Joe Jencks, Turtle Bear Music

updated: 9 years ago