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Blessings at Year’s End

posted Dec 15, 2009, 7:04 PM by Chad Kafka

Howard Thurman, from Meditations of the Heart 

      I remember with gratitude the fruits of the labors of others, which I have shared as a part of the normal experience of daily living.

      I remember the beautiful things that I have seen, heard and felt – some, as a result of definite seeking on my part, and many that came unheralded into my path, warming and rejoicing my spirit.

      I remember the moments of distress that proved to be groundless and those that taught me profoundly about the evilness of evil and the goodness of good.

      I remember the new people I have met, from whom I have caught glimpses of the meaning of my own life and the true character of human dignity.

      I remember the dreams that haunted me during the year, keeping me ever mindful of goals and hopes which I did not realize but from which I drew inspiration to sustain my life and keep steady my purposes.

      I remember the awareness of the Spirit of God that sought me out in my aloneness and gave to me a sense of assurance that undercut my despair and confirmed my life with new courage and abiding hope.