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Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Day 2017

Monday, January 16th

Today we celebrate the life and work of man who was fulfilled the role of our nation’s conscience. He was a prophet, not in the sense that he foretold the future, or that he had some unique channel to the Creator. He had no more, and no less access to supernatural powers than any of us, but he chose to listen to the voice of God that speaks to all us, from the hidden places in our hearts, he chose to listen, to cleave to that message, and share it with the world.

There are many memes circulating today, like the picture I have pasted in this essay. We are given countless opportunities to reflect on the likeness, and the words of the Reverend Doctor. We are wise to do so.

We are wise to remember the man, Martin Luther King Jr., a person who lived beyond their human flaws, a person who now dwells in our collective psyche, as if in a myth, a human being, a child of God, a person filled with grace and wisdom.

He spoke truth to power, and to the powerless. He was once considered to be the most dangerous man in America, and now he is our most beloved hero. He was beaten and arrested dozens of times, for the crime of seeking justice. His life was threatened daily. His reputation was smeared without regard for the truth, or his selfless works.

He was killed for his efforts, shot down, but not destroyed.

He was, and continues to be an example to us all. An American Saint, still pointing to the way, and the long journey we have left to make, before we come to the land he dreamed of.

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