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A Pause for Blessing

Howard Thurman was born in 1899 and raised in the segregated South. He is recognized as one of the great spiritual leaders of the 20th century, renowned for his reflections on humanity and our relationship with God. Thurman was a prolific author of at least 20 books; perhaps the most famous is Jesus and the Disinherited (1949), which deeply influenced Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. He also cofounded the first interracially pastored, intercultural church in the US.
Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me
Open unto me, light for my darkness
Open unto me, courage for my fear
Open unto me, hope for my despair
Open unto me, peace for my turmoil
Open unto me, joy for my sorrow
Open unto me, strength for my weakness
Open unto me, wisdom for my confusion
Open unto me, forgiveness for my sins
Open unto me, tenderness for my toughness
Open unto me, love for my hates
Open unto me, Thy Self for myself
Lord, Lord, open unto me!

Formed well to love well