I’ve been thinking about the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. Is one day enough to move the dream forward? Or has the dream faded? Do we remember what the dream is?
King is the only American who is nationally recognized for living his faith, and as disciples, this can motivate us to use this holiday to dig deep into his speeches and books at every word that leads us back to the actions of Jesus.
After reading and studying the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, King offered these words for our consideration to act:
“The first question that the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
And this, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?‘”
Today I am planning 12 actions—one per month–as my answer to these questions. Will you join me?
This message is excerpted from “Has Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream faded?” by Valora Starr from the January 21, 2019, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today is Martin Luther King Day (observed).
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