Blessings of Discomfort

 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 from pain, rejection, and starvation,

so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

 And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world,

so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

–A Franciscan Blessing


What injustice, brokenness, or tragedy has God used to stir your heart? We often pray for blessings of health, happiness, or prosperity, but perhaps the greatest blessing God could ever give us is a uncomfortable yearning  that He has laid uniquely on our hearts — a burning desire that sparks the flame of our individual calling. And while the burden may be painful or poorly understood by others, it should be welcomed and well-tended. For only in accomplishing His purposes, which always begins with a burden, will we ever find the true blessing of fulfillment.

What discomfort has God blessed you with?


One thought on “Blessings of Discomfort

  1. Chris keeps saying that God needs to introduce some pain to my life to make me a better writer. I’d love to be a better writer without that! But you are absolutely right! Discomfort is valuable! Thank you for reminding me to use my discomfort for a greater good!

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