Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “Thurgood Marshall: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice” by Larry Gibson.

Today I pray, “Dear God, You send people to places for purposes. And Your moral arc continues to bend toward justice. Thank You for making a difference through people who make a difference that really matters to people. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“As one examines Marshall’s early years, a fascinating man emerges. He was a supremely confident and pragmatic person. He was a diplomat but could be brusque to those around him. He was gregarious, with a wry sense of humor, but could also have a sharp tongue. He sometimes made quick and unfair assessments of individuals or stretched the truth to achieve a laudable objective. He adapted his speech and mannerisms to suit the setting or the moment. There was also something charming about the young Thurgood Marshall. From an early age, he possessed a charisma that attracted bright people to his side, people who wanted to work with him and help him succeed.”

I look for this content of character in others. I am drawn to, and moved by, this goodness of confidence. This is a character of clarity, and the world needs more clarity. This is a character of heart, which beats in us all. If we are to carry on as a humanity, and we are, then we must be prepared to help one another succeed. And we must acknowledge Godly arrivals of honorable character in a present time purposed of that character. Here, a fascinating world emerges.


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