Dr. Howard Thurman (1900-1981) was founder of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco. This was the first intentionally multiracial church in the country. He also served as the first African-American Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University. Many leaders of the civil rights movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King, claimed that Thurman had greatly influenced them. There has been a renewed interest in his life and writing in the last few years.
Concerning Christmas, he wrote words that almost sing from the page. “The spirit of Christmas–what is it? It is the rainbow arched over the roof of the sky when the clouds are heavy with foreboding. It is the cry of life in the newborn babe when, forced from its mother’s nest, it claims its right to live. It is the brooding Presence of the Eternal Spirit making crooked paths straight, rough places smooth, tired hearts refreshed, dead hopes stirred with the newness of life. It is the promise of tomorrow at the close of every day, the movement of life in defiance of death, and the assurance that love is sturdier than hate, that right is more confident that wrong, that good is more permanent than evil.”
For the inside of your card, you have a variety of choices. It can be blank, have a custom verse, or pick one of our many verses in English or Spanish. Here is one example of a verse that reflects the idea in Howard Thurman’s quotation:
May you have
the gift of faith
the blessing of hope
and the peace of His love
at Christmas and always