Maya Angelou spent her life as an unstoppable force for art, justice, and love. Her writing touched on themes of struggle and sadness, and often drew on her faith as a source of strength to find beauty and perseverance in hard times.
As we remember the indomitable Maya, we think of the blessings she gave us with her words, and the ways she called us to live better lives. Here is a collection of her wisdom regarding prayer, faith, and God:
We Are All God's Creation
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"While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation."
"I believed that there was a God because I was told it by my grandmother and later by other adults. But when I found that I knew not only that there was God but that I was a child of God, when I understood that, when I comprehended that, more than that, when I internalized that, ingested that, I became courageous."
"When I was asked to do something good, I often say yes, I'll try, yes, I'll do my best. And part of that is believing, if God loves me, if God made everything from leaves to seals and oak trees, then what is it I can't do?"
“People whose history and future were threatened each day by extinction considered that it was only by divine intervention that they were able to live at all. I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.”
"Yes. I have always tried to find myself a church. I have studied everything. I spent some time with Zen Buddhism and Judaism and I spent some time with Islam. I am a religious person. It is my spirit, but I found that I really want to be a Christian. That is what my spirit seems to be built on.
I just know that I find the teachings of Christ so accessible. I really believe that Christ made a sacrifice and for those reasons I want to be a Christian. But what kind, I don't know. I don't know what time of day I am at."