We are all of us indebted to a vast host of anonymous persons without whom some necessity would not have been available, some good which came to us, we would have missed. It is not too farfetched to say that living is itself an act of interdependence.
— Howard Thurman, from meditation, “Indebted to a Vast Host”
If it can be avoided, it’s probably best not to make “news” the first words of the morning. I’ve come back to the writings of theologian Howard Thurman (1900 – 1981). According to the bio on the back cover of Meditations of the Heart (Beacon Press), Thurman was a spiritual adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sherwood Eddy, James Farmer, A.J. Musty, and Pauli Murray. He was dean of Howard University’s Rankin Chapel, and founded the first intercultural and interdenominational church in the U.S., Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco. Thurman met King while Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University. King was completing his doctoral studies in systematic theology.
If one must rattle the brain with information, let it be a quiet storm.