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The Candle of Fellowship – Howard Thurman

December 12, 2018

As the day draws nearer

As the anxiety grows

As the worries increase

As fear overwhelms

As hatred grows stronger

As the darkness and hopelessness overwhelm

In the midst of it all, Thurman speaks of hope found in the commonplace

From The Christmas Candles in his book, The Mood of Christmas and Other Celebrations:

I will light the candle of fellowship this Christmas. I know that experiences of unity in human relations are more compelling than the concepts, the fears, the prejudices, which divide. Despite the tendency to feel my race superior, my nation the greatest nation, my faith the true faith, I must beat down the boundaries of my exclusiveness until my sense of separateness is completely enveloped in a sense of fellowship. There must be free and easy access by all, to the rich resources accumulated by groups and individuals in years of living and experiencing. I will light the candle of fellowship this Christmas, a candle that must burn all the year long.

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