This may be the best prayer ever written. If every person could make this prayer their own, the world would be a better, safer, lovelier world in which to live. It was written hundreds of years ago by St. Francis of Assisi. It reads:
Lord, make us instruments of peace cheap inflatable water slides.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, union.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console.
To be understood, as to understand.
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.