NIGHT PRAYER: Wednesday 2/1

Today is the first day of Black History MonthOur prayer tonight was written by Howard Thurman* and is excerpted from his book, Meditations of the Heart.  As we pray it, each of us might ask, What is my darkness, my fear, my despair, my turmoil, my sorrow, my weakness, my confusion, my sins, my hate?

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 — love for my hate.
Open unto me — thy self for my self.

* Howard Thurman, born (1899) and raised in the segregated South, 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 (writing 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.
I Opened My Mouth to the Lord, a Traditional Spiritual
    arranged by the  Weeden Family Singers
    performed by the Wheaton College Concert Choir 
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I opened my mouth to the Lord 
and I won't turn back
I will go, I shall go 
to see what the end's going to be

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
Oh, I once was lost but now am found...
If you get there before I do
Oh, tell all of my friends I'm coming, too




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