Only a deep relationship with a cosmic and personal God can deliver us from self-hatred and hatred of our oppressors and inspire us to meet hatred with love. Thurman’s prophetic spirituality, in its joining of contemplation and action, the inner and outer journeys, and spirituality and justice-seeking, shaped a whole generation of prophetic voices. Martin Luther King Jr. often carried Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited in his briefcase and no doubt was inspired by its politics of love.
—Bruce G. Epperly, The Mystic in You: Discovering a God-Filled World (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his faithful ones.
—Psalm 37:28 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
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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