In The Missional Mom by Helen Lee, Helen writes about ordinary women who make a difference in the world by answering God’s call to live missionally wherever they are. Here is a Franciscan Benediction, as quoted in The Missional Mom, to inspire us step out of our comfort zone and engage the world for Christ.
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Why do you think God is intent on teaching us through difficulties and discomfort? How has He done so in your life?