Thought for the Day: In his book, Disciplines of the Spirit (based upon some lectures he gave), Howard Thurman explored five human experiences that he believed were Universal. In the chapter on Suffering, Thurman wrote:
To be confirmed in life is to make even death a little thing. It is to be robbed of the fear of living and consequently to be robbed of the fear of dying… Last summer in a town just outside of Edinburgh, a seventy-year old man was standing on a bridge when he saw a three-year-old child fall into the water. He dove from the bridge, saved the child, but lost his own life. The problem comes home to each of us when we ask ourselves: Under what circumstances and for whom would you give up your life?
It is a challenging question, yet can we ever truly live if we have not confronted the darkness of death and pondered what it is we would die for.
Prayer: May my living and my dying bring value to this world in which I live. I request your assistance as I strive for an existence that brings meaning to others. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge