God, Bless Me with Discomfort

I read a Franciscan Benediction on Michael Hyatt’s blog this morning that really moved me.  I’m turning it into a prayer that I plan to pray often:

God, bless me with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that I may live deep within your heart.
Bless me with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
So that I may work for justice, freedom and peace.
Bless me with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that through me, You may reach out your hand to comfort them
And turn their pain into joy.
And bless me with enough foolishness
To believe that I can make a difference in the world,
That through You, I can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Amen

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