Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

I have not written here in a very long time. Lots of stuff is happening in my life. I won’t get into it because it’s a long story. Nevertheless, I want to share a song that describes some of what is “adding to the mix” of positive change for me, praise be to God.

Like Susan Boyle, Carrie Underwood, and many others, Andrew Johnston gained his fame while auditioning on a TV talent reality show. He made his debut on Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2008. I viewed Andrew’s audition on Youtube like so many others when it first became a meme.

I completely forgot about Andrew until stumbling across his songs again several weeks ago. I encountered his music at just the right moment because I was impressed enough to investigate further. I like Andrew’s singing so much I ordered his CD, One Voice. I only expand my collection rarely for music that really impacts me, same as when I buy a book. Music for me is a tool for spiritual growth and relaxation. My favorite songs on Andrew’s album include Walking in the Air, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace, Pie Jesu, Agnus Dei, and Panis Angelicus. Supposedly Simon Cowell selected the tracks to include. I wouldn’t expect him to choose such nice songs, especially of a deep and religious persuasion – but you never know!

I want to make a special note of the song, Make Me a Channel of Your Peace. I absolutely love it! Andrew’s song is a hymn rendition of a prayer entitled The Prayer of Saint Francis. St. Francis of Assisi has made an impact on me more than once – not because I’ve studied his life or read his works. Most people know a bit about what he did and have a general knowledge of his lifestyle. This limited knowledge has been enough to challenge and inspire me.

The Prayer of Saint Francis, whether written by Francis of Assisi or not, is very powerful. If a person meditates on the words and considers how he might apply them, it will likely change his life forever. Read the Wikipedia article and you will find yourself in good company for appreciating the song.

I have been blasted by the power of this prayer’s words. My spiritual walk is ever changing, and I hope the guiding directions are from the Lord Jesus (Proverbs 3). God is seemingly leading me toward a radical lifestyle. As I read and hear omnidirectional catalysts that inspire, I am forced to take seriously all that it means to follow Christ. I pray that everyone who claims His name will do the same. You are called to nothing less!

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace has been important as I pray over cities and people. Listen to Andrew Johnston’s beautiful rendition on Youtube. It seems I cannot tire of it no matter how many times I listen. I have adopted the words into my own prayers while going on recent neighborhood prayer walks.

When you consider and pray these words humble yourself. Let Jesus’ incarnational work be realized in the way you live – if you are indeed in Christ. May He use us all – for our good and for His glory. Amen.

Make Me a Channel of Your Peace

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there’s sadness, ever joy

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope
Where there is darkness, only light
And where there’s sadness, ever joy

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace
For when we give, we will ourselves receive
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And in dying that we gain eternal life
And in dying that we gain eternal life

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