Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This Decisive Hour

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Have you read “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,”  I would encourage everyone to read the letter in its entirety, it’s transformative.

I’m in Birmingham because injustice is here.”

He shares his disappointment in the overall silence of the church, fearful of being disturbers of the peace.

I hope the church as a whole will meet the challenge of this decisive hour.”

Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.”

For the last year, I have been a part of the Be the Bridge community. I highly recommend their resources on racial reconciliation from a Christian perspective.

While in this community in a small group, or through the Facebook forum I am a part of I listen. This is what I hear. Our silence is deafening and painful.

These are difficult times we are a part of. Speaking, standing. No, they are not easy. I feel we have had the luxury of sitting out for too long. People of color have known these truths. The ugly language and ideas that shock our hearts are not new to them. For this, we must lament. We must get up and stand alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Social justice does not need to be political. Social justice is the work of Jesus. Redeeming and reconciling.

No more silence. There is injustice here.

 

One of my favorite quotes comes from Lupita Nyong’o best-supporting actress win in 2014.

No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Not only dreams but lives.

To God, each life is valid, extraordinary and needful.

Somewhere in America

two bites

Neither boy had traveled a particularly smooth school morning. At lunch time he held a container, tiny in size. “My Mom made this cake.”

With a plastic fork he scooped out half, and placed it in his classmates waiting palm. Left in the container was approximately one bite of that cake. Two bites total and he gave one away. The generosity of children to one another sometimes makes my eyes watery.

 

Brave New Voices is an international youth poetry slam festival.

This week I came across Somewhere in America, spoken by three young ladies in the troupe Get Lit. They recently opened for John Legend in the Hollywood Bowl.

See their electrifying performance here. 

 

Somewhere in America… there are people waiting for our voices.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day many come together for a day of service.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

A tiny cake, shared. Two bites total and he gave one away.