“Many and varied are the interpretations dealing with the teachings and life of Jesus of Nazareth. But few of these interpretations deal with what the teachings and the life of Jesus have to say to those who stand, at a moment in human history, with their backs against the wall.” ~ Howard Thurman, Jesus and the disinherited
How does Jesus give hope and relief with the back against the wall?
“There is a quiet courage that comes from an inward spring of confidence in the meaning and significance of life. Such courage is an underground river, flowing far beneath the shifting events of one’s experience, keeping alive a thousand little springs of action.” ~ Howard Thurman
“The hard thing when you get old is to keep your horizons open. The first part of your life everything is in front of you, all your potential and promise. But over the years, you make decisions; you carve yourself into a given shape. Then the challenge is to keep discovering the green growing edge.” ~ Howard Thurman
“For many years, it has been the custom to leave a lighted lantern by the side of the road at night to cheer the weary traveler. Beside the lantern, there is a note which gives detailed directions as to where his cottage may be found so that in case of distress or need, the stranger may find help. It is a very simple gesture of beauty and wholeness.” ~ Howard Thurman, Meditations of the Heart
In your own way, do you keep a lantern burning by the roadside with a note saying where you may be found “just in case”?