I wanted to do a manuscript, just for myself, that would give me a bit of encouragement. So I have been working on a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I 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; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
The crocuses and snowdrops have arrived in Spokane, so the imagery of sowing seeds (bulbs?) of love, pardon, faith, hope, light, and joy really suited the world outside. That, and who doesn’t love Saint Francis? He loves birds. I love birds. Work hard, be kind, and be nice to the birds and the crocuses.