St. Francis Meditation Four: “Our Father”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!)
of my class on St. Francis…

These are the words St. Francis spoke at his trial before the bishop:

“Listen, all of you, and understand it well.  Until this time I have called Peter Bernardone my father, but now I desire to serve God.  This is why I return to him this money, for which he has given himself so much trouble, as well as, my clothing, and all that I have had from him. For from henceforth, I desire to say nothing else than ‘Our Father, Who art in heaven.”

Sometimes trying to please, impress, or just keep other people happy gets in the way of our serving Christ.  Is there anyone in your life (boss, spouse, child, teacher, or other) that you are putting in front of serving God?  Ask God to show you where you put God second in your life.  Ask God how you can put God first while still being the hands and feet of Jesus to others.

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April describes herself as a Red Letter Christian who writes about scripture and spiritual disciplines. See her latest book, James in the Suburbs: The Disorderly Parable of the Epistle of James. Great for an individual read or group Bible studies! You can follow her blog by clicking on the three dots in upper right hand of this page and scrolling down.

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