Below is a prayer-meditation by Howard Washington Thurman who was an influential African-American author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. He was a protege of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s father.
Christmas – This is the season of the year when so many things stand out in stark outline against the background of our days. We think of little children all over the world; children in refugee camps who have known aught else throughout the length of their days; children in orphanages in our own land and in other lands; rootless children who have no peg upon which to hang the identity of their meaning, but whose tender lives are cut adrift from all harbors of refuge and security; children in families where there is so little love that they are unaware that their own lives are touched by its gentleness and strength; sick children, those who have walked and will never walk again, those who have looked out on the beauty of the world and will never see it again. Our hearts are touched and melt in the quietness as we remember the children of the world.
We remember the old people. Those whose fires have been banked, and who sit in their solitariness, some with minds broken by the hardness of their days, who cannot be comforted by the memories of other times; some who at this season of the year hunger and thirst for the love of their children, and find it not; some who live in homes for the aged, surrounded by those of their kind, who huddle together, hoping that in the warmth of each other’s personality and spirit they might find strength sufficient for another day.
God of our hearts and lives, accept the tenderness which we pour out in our thoughts and in our memories and desires, and grant that it will inform our deeds, so that during these days that are upon us, to the limit of our strength and beyond, we may be messengers of Thy tidings, and sharers of Thy peace.
Copyright 1969. Amen.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers.
During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.
FYI, I am completing my first semester this week as a full time student. This summer, I received a Master’s Certificate in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT. Its ecumenically based with interfaith dialogue which means I study with other students of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. #ExploringDifferencesDeepeningFaith
I made a decision to pursue the completion of the Master’s Degree in Religious Studies as I believe interfaith dialogue is critical at “such a time as this.” This is my primary focus these days.With that in mind, I know I will have a final project. I am actually considering using this Fast Wednesday’s blog for dialogue, feedback, etc. I need your help then. Could you respond, please, no later than January 3, if you have nothing to say, just tell me.
- Please rate on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being less and 10 most, how helpful these posts are you in terms of encouragement.
- Though I have not often shared guest bloggers, is this something you would like to see more often.
- How do you prefer to receive this information? Facebook, Word Press, email or other?
- The normal layout is a Theme with relevant A. Scripture, B. Song and C. Prayer. Does this work? Any other Suggestions?
- I am asking for your commitment. If you would be kind enough to send me your name and your favorite scripture, I will track it and pray for you in 2017. If you don’t have one just send me your name. We can work on that. If you have a Jewish or Muslim friend you may also include something from your sacred book(s).
Our song for this week is submitted for your listening pleasure, by cousin Rhonda Murphy Clark … wishing you all a “soulful” Merry Christmas, compliments “The Temptations” with their version of Silent Night.
Silent Night was composed in 1818 in a small town in Austria. The History of Silent Night: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night
Reminder/Note: Happy Kwanzaa, it starts Monday, December 26 and will end on Sunday, January 1, 2017
Its an African American celebration of Family, Community and Culture, for those of you unfamiliar.
Wishing you the merriest, happiest, brightest Christmas ever!
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.”
Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com