Meditations of the Heart

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Beacon Press, 1999 - Religion - 216 pages
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"Teach us to overcome our fear of life; and in that freedom may we learn to understand life and, in our understanding of life, to love."

"I must ease the tension in my heart that ejects the sharp barb, the stinging word. I want to be more loving in my heart that, with unconscious awareness and deliberate intent, I shall be a kind, a gracious human being."

"Life abounds in all variety of resources and resourcefulness. Every moment is a divine encounter, every facet is an exposure to the boundless energies by which life is sustained and our spirits made whole."

Howard Thurman, the great spiritualist and mystic, was renowned for the quiet beauty of his reflections on humanity and our relationship to God. This collection of fifty-four of his most well-known meditations features his thoughts on prayer, community, and the joys and rituals of life. Within its pages are words that sustain, elevate, and inspire. From "A Man Becomes His Dream" to "I Need Courage" to "The Season of Remembrance," Thurman addresses life's moments of trial and uncertainty and offers a message of hope and endurance for people of all faiths.

  

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When I trod a dark road, alone and barely holding on to my tattered faith, Howard Thurman comes and walks with me, cares for my soul, and gives me strength. I will always be "Reading" this book. I ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
13
THE INWARD
15
An Island of Peace within Ones Soul
17
Silence is a Door to God
18
In Quiet One Discovers the Will of God
20
Relief in Voicing Ones Feelings
21
The God of Life is the God of Religion
23
Be Still and Cool in the Mind
24
Shall I be Good?
104
Life Abounds
105
By Their Fruits
107
The Glad Surprise
108
Life Goes On
110
Thine is the Power
111
Make up Your Mind
113
Two Areas of Need
114

The Pattern of Prayer
25
A Lull in the Rhythm of Doing
27
How Good to Center Down
28
In the Moment of Pause the Vision of God
29
We Lay Bare all that We Are
31
Work and Rest are one Entity
32
None Need Be Alone
33
Two Kinds of Ideals
34
Keep Alive the Dream in the Heart
36
Judgment Belongs to God
37
That Thy Tryst may be Kept
39
Every Judgment is Selfjudgment
40
A Man Becomes his Dream
41
Memories Crowd upon Us
42
The Great Exposure
43
Life an Offering to God
45
Thou Shalt Love
46
God is With Me
48
Not Pity but Compassion
49
God is Present
50
Myself a High Priest of Truth
51
Courage and Cowardice
52
Strength to be Free
53
The Embattled Spirit
54
Let us Pray
55
The Patience of Unanswered Prayer
56
THE BINDING TIES
59
Life Seems Unaware
61
At My Center I Find Peace
63
Pain Has a Ministry
65
All Men Live the Eternal
66
Who or What is to Blame?
68
Our Children are not Things
69
Let Your Words be Yea and Nay
71
Thank God for Humor
72
To What Loyalty are You True?
74
Relations to Others Must Be Dynamic
75
The World is too Much With Us
77
Every Man Must Decide
79
Enthusiasm and Selfsacrifice
80
The Seed of the Jack Pine
82
Our Little Lives
83
When the Strain is Heaviest
84
Reservoir or Canal
86
Concerning the Yucca
87
The Temptation to Oversimplify
89
The Desert Dweller
90
The Iron Lung
91
A Divinity that Shapes Our Ends
92
24 The Experience of Growing Up
94
Through the Coming Year
96
The Horns of the Wild Oxen
97
LIFE IS ALIVE
99
There is Order in Life
101
Unity is in God
102
If I Knew You
115
All Life is One
117
He Prayed for His Friends
118
We are All One
120
Man Cannot be Indifferent to Men
121
Will Not Give Up l3
123
Take no Thought for Your Life 1
124
Magic all Around Us 1
125
The Threads in My Hand
126
She Practices Brotherhood
127
A Glory A Benediction
129
Indebted to a Vast Host
130
Just a Human Being
132
The Growing Edge
134
The Need for Approval
136
This is a New Year
138
The Pressure of Crisis
139
To Die Unshriven
141
THE MOMENT OF CELEBRATION
143
The Season of Remembrance
145
A Litany of Thanksgiving
147
Against the Background of the Year
149
Merry Christmas
151
The Sacrament of Christmas
152
The Season of Affirmation
153
Gifts on My Altar
154
Blessings at Years End
156
MEDITATIONS OF THE HEART
157
Thy Light Within Me
159
I Will Lift up Mine Eyes
160
Abundance of Faith
161
How Wonderful
162
Surrender to God
163
To Overcome Evil
164
More Holy
165
To See and to Do
166
They That Wait Upon the Lord
167
More Loving in My Heart
168
We Yield to the Love of God
181
Wrong Between Me and Thee
196
I Will not Fail Thee
201
God is Near to All
202
The Fire Flower
203
Seek Ye the Lord
205
Will Sing a New Song
206
The Wisdom of God
207
Give Me the Listening Ear
208
The Moments of High Resolve
209
Surrounded by the Love of God
210
For a Time of Sorrow
211
Against Thee have I Sinned
212
Teach Me Thy Will
213
God Restoreth my Soul
214
If Thou Standeth Beside Me
215
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About the author (1999)

Hailed by Life magazine as one of the great preachers of the twentieth century; a spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., Sherwood Eddy, James Farmer, A. J. Musty, and Pauli Murray; the first black dean at a white university; cofounder of the first interracially pastored, intercultural church in the United States; Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was a man of penetrating foresight and astonishing charisma. His vision of the world was one of a democratic camaraderie born of faith, and in light of today's global community, one of particular importance.

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