Compared to most African Americans of his time, Thurman was fortunate. His mother and grandmother supported his education; he attended America’s best colleges, and he achieved professional status as Dean of the Chapel at Howard University and Boston University. White and black audiences sought out Thurman for his gifted preaching. But he was still black in racially divided America and still faced prejudice, injustice, and hatred for the color of his
skin. . . .
Thurman’s mystic vision showed him that he was God’s beloved child, despite the racism he suffered throughout his life.
—Bruce G. Epperly, The Mystic in You: Discovering a God-Filled World (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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—1 John 3:1 (NIV)
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God who guides us in the quest for justice, awaken my heart to growing edges in my life and in the healing of the world. Amen.
—Prayer excerpted from Bruce G. Epperly, “Prayer of Awareness and Transformation,” The Mystic in You
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