Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 15 our nation commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We remember Dr. King’s sacrificial life and work in moving the country to live fully into its promise as stated in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” A testimony to his wisdom, his words speak to us and our purpose in life still:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.”
“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
In our collective remembrance, may God make each and every one of us living reminders of the Love that impelled Dr. King to give his life in service to others.
O God, in this Epiphany season of light and hope, give us courage to live out the dream of Love that Martin learns at your feet, the Love borne in his heart, the Love borne in all of us, that we may be the people you create us to be, and do the work you give us to do; in the power of your Holy Spirit, we pray in the name of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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