Black History Month: Open Unto Me

Feb 17, 2023

In recognition of Black History Month, we offer this beautiful prayer by Howard Thurman today. If you would like to learn more about this inspiring mystic, teacher and prophet, we encourage you to check out the powerful retreat by Rev. Joan Crawford at our Center on Monday, May 15. Click here to read more. 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