Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Do you have the courage to live?

This was read to our church on Sunday.  Powerful words.  Facing the truth of my own life and embracing the pain of change are theme here that echo in my own soul.  I hope you are blessed by this as I was.  Thurman was a Christian, civil rights activist, theologian, and pastor.  His legacy reverberates through many lives today.

Give Me the Courage to Live 
by Howard Thurman

Give me the courage to live!
Really live-- not merely exist.
Live dangerously,
Scorning risk!
Live honestly,
Daring the truth--
Particularly the truth of myself!
Live resiliently--
Ever changing, ever growing, ever adapting.
Enduring the pain of change
As though 'twere the travail of birth.
Give me the courage to live,
Give me the strength to be free
And endure the burden of freedom
And the loneliness of those without chains;
Let me not be trapped by success,
Nor by failure, nor pleasure, nor grief,
Nor malice, nor praise, nor remorse!

Give me the courage to go on!
Facing all that waits on the trail--
Going eagerly, joyously on,
And paying my way as I go,
Without anger or fear or regret
Taking what life gives,
Spending myself to the full,
Dead high, spirit winged, like a god--
On... on... till the shadows draw close.
Ten even when darkness shuts down,
And I go out alone as I came,
Naked and blind as I came--
Even then, gracous God, hear my prayer:
Give me the courage to live!

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