My custom is to write a weekly meditation for the calendar of the Sunday services at our church. As a result of many requests, fifty of these meditations were first published in 1947, followed, a year later, by a second edition which included fifty additional meditations. The response has been such that a third edition, greatly enlarged, is now being sent forth to reach an even wider audience. Included in this edition is a special group of twenty-five “working papers,” which we have used in the thirty-minute meditation period which precedes the service each Sunday morning. It is hoped that they will find a place of meaning in the lives of those who, though not a part of our service, share profoundly in the same quest and hunger for God.
I am deeply of the mind that there is a need for materials of refreshment, challenge and renewal for those who are intent upon establishing islands of fellowship in a sea of racial, religious and national tensions. My experiences in sharing in the development of a church dedicated to so crucial an undertaking underscore very simply the character of the desperate need for resource materials; that is the demand which called into being these paragraphs. The attempt is not to set forth a connected series of observations or reflections, but rather to throw a shaft of light on aspects of thought, of life, of religious experience, as they are encountered in the daily round.