The Work of Christmas

Mary has done the hard work of labor.  Don’t let the nativity scenes fool you.  There was blood, sweat and tears involved.  Joseph will bear witness.  She wouldn’t have wanted to hear our carols then and don’t ask, “Mary, did you know?” God is with us but before we pack up our holiday cheer, let me stop […]

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Praying with Howard Thurman: 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 […]

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Beyond

While I understand the angst, disgust and frustration of those who hear the word post- racial and point quickly to the latest example of racialized injustice (also known as hubris, selfishness, self and other- hatred and self- deception), I struggle with communicating my need to move past the social construct of race.  I am tired of […]

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Howard Thurman on new years

There is something which seems utterly final about the end of a year. It means that we are one year older; this is a fact definite and inexorable. We are twelve months closer to the end of our physical time span—one year closer to death. It means that in some important ways we are taken […]

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Howard Thurman’s ‘The Work of Christmas’

Christian contemplative, pastor, theologian, mystic and my personal favorite, graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, my alma mater, the Reverend Dr. Howard Thurman offers these words and this sacred work done after Christmas, after we have changed seasons and the music has changed in local department stores and shopping malls, when the commercials change […]

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