Black History Month: Open Unto Me

Feb 23, 2022

This is last post in our series for Black History Month. We hope that you’ve enjoyed the poetry that was shared and possibly learned about a new poet along the way. May we all continue to share the amazing history and gifted words of black writers, not just during Black History Month, but throughout the year. Let’s take a few quiet moments to pray for an open spirit as we strive to respect and bring equality to our world of many colors.

Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me

Howard Thurman

NMAH Archives Center
Scurlock Studio Records
Series 4.3: Black and White negatives
Portrait of African American man
Pencil on negative
Ink(text) on enclosure
Agfa Safety Film edge imprint

Open unto me, light for my darkness
Open unto me, courage for my fear
Open unto me, hope for my despair
Open unto me, peace for my turmoil
Open unto me, joy for my sorrow
Open unto me, strength for my weakness
Open unto me, wisdom for my confusion
Open unto me, forgiveness for my sins
Open unto me, tenderness for my toughness
Open unto me, love for my hates
Open unto me, Thy Self for myself
Lord, Lord, open unto me!
~Howard Thurman

Pray with us…

Most gracious and loving God, we remember the struggles of black people,
people of African descent, your people and thank you for your grace, your love, and your mercy.
We thank you for leaders that you continue to place in high places and ordinary places.
Inspire each of us to work more faithfully for justice and dignity of life everywhere.
Loving God, we remember the hurts of exclusion and prejudice, but we know that you can raise our vision above all barriers and give us wisdom and courage to make this a better world.
As you give us yourself in the Bread of Hope and the Cup of Mercy – show us how to give ourselves to those who are without hope and to those who cry for mercy.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen!

~Shared by Fr. Fran Gorsuch, CBS, written by Jean Grant