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Sept 20

Beauty

Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.

Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart

May summer be the time for you to hear the singing of the angels. We need a time to let go of the wheel of our days and float up toward heaven. We need to carve a space between the items on our to-do list and breathe in the awesome presence of being. May summer be that time for you. Howard Thurman relates in a vast array of his meditations to the singing of angels - to a sound so beautiful it seems to reside beyond time and space. Thurman was in many respects a mystic. He was grounded wholly in a this worldly reality - an African American theologian and preacher, a Civil Rights leader, the dean of chapel at Howard University and Boston University, philosopher, author, and educator. Still Thurman in his writings calls us out of the clatter of days to the song of the angels - to an experience of beauty. He writes:
There must be always remaining in every man's life some place for the singing of angels -- some place for that which in itself is breathlessly beautiful and by an inherent prerogative, throwing all the rest of life into a new and creative relatednes… More...

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