I want to share with you the portion of prayer that I read while introducing a hymn this past Sunday. The following prayer was penned by Howard Thurman, a noted 19th century African American author, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. Here is the entire prayer:

"Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart. Here is the citadel of all my desiring, where my hopes are born and all the deep resolutions of my spirit take wings. In this center, my fears are nourished, and all my hates are nourished. Here my loves are cherished, and all the deep hungers of my spirit are honored without quivering and without shock. In my heart, above all else, let love and integrity envelop me until my love is perfected and the last vestige of my desiring is no longer in conflict with thy Spirit. Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart. Amen."

Of course, one reason for sharing this prayer with you was because of the hymn we sang following the prayer: Lord, I Want to Be a Christian. Why is it, though, that this prayer is so moving? Perhaps you felt "something” as you heard the words spoken. I know that I did. This is such a powerful prayer. Thurman played a major role as a civil rights activist, even “bringing up” leaders of the civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As you go about your week, may you pray this prayer. May our prayer each and every day be "Lord, I want to be more holy in my heart".

Grace and Peace, Dakota