I am not a thing apart. I am not a separate unit; I am deeply involved in the collective experience of aliveness and of human aliveness…Therefore I must manage somehow to keep the lines of communication open between me and the human family. How wonderful it is if I can do this by love, by warmth and by kindling flames of abiding fellowship.Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart
My beloved grandmother was described in her obituary as a woman obsessed with knowledge. It is true and I have always admired her passion for learning. She was well-read, not just her bible (although this was her favorite), but books on history, current affairs, biographies, inspiring fiction and spiritual guides all fascinated her. Her thirst for wisdom kept her curious well into her nineties.
I want to emulate her in this way as well, so I try to read different books that will both increase knowledge, inspire purpose and cultivate compassion.
A friend sent me two books that I am determined to read this month, so I am sharing with you a quote from Howard Thurman, spiritual leader, civil rights advocate and visionary. I am fascinated by his faith in Yahweh (God), and the masterful weaving of his experience as an African American central to the civil rights movement (he was known as spiritual adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and his intelligence with spiritual insight which he used to make sense of the collective experience humanity and influence change.
During the month of February, along with your daily devotionals, choose a book or other work that highlights men and women who made a difference through their actions and the power of compassion for others that led to action. Can you suggest other writers that my readers and I could discover? Please share your comments and suggestions below.
May we also find ways to make a difference and positively influence our present and future generations. And in the process, develop a voracious appetite for knowledge, including knowledge of the Word of Yahweh (God).
Now remain in my love (John 15:9)
I am not a thing apart. I am not a separate unit; I am deeply involved in the collective experience of aliveness and of human aliveness…Therefore I must manage somehow to keep the lines of communication open between me and the human family. How wonderful it is if I can do this by love, by warmth and by kindling flames of abiding fellowship.
Credits: Image found online, Meditations of the Heart and other books by Howard Thurman can be bought wherever books are sold.
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