Dr. King

Posted by Scott Foster on

     It’s great to be back and recharged after such a great Christmas. It was awesome! My list? I checked ‘em off—one by one.         

            No social media—check.
            No news—check.
            No computer—mostly check.
                   I did cheat every couple days and file the emails, but it was minimal.
            Binge-watched some TV—check.
            Read a book (and even picked up Hamilton again. Almost done)—check.

            Napped almost every day.
            Meditated.
            Contemplated.
            Prayed.
            Sat.
            Sat with God. Check, check, check, check, check, and check.
            And I feel like I’ve been to the mountaintop!

            This Sunday, we’re celebrating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 7:30pm in the Holy Family Chapel on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth off Madison Avenue on Convent Station Road. It’s just to the right as you get on campus.

            Come and let your soul and spirit fly!

            We’ll hear the voices of Community Leaders, Students, The Sisters of Mercy, and other area clergy reflecting and celebrating on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll hear the voices of some area choirs, maybe even ours too.

            Guess which message I get to reflect on?
            Yes!
            “I’ve Been To the Mountaintop”
            Dr. King’s last message, from Memphis, April 3, 1968.

            Just typing out those words gives me a chill and a tingle.
            So powerful. So raw. So real. So prophetic.

      If I were standing at the beginning of time, with the possibility of taking a kind of general and panoramic view of the whole of human history up to now, and the Almighty said to me, "Martin Luther King, which age would you like to live in?" …

     Strangely enough, I would turn to the Almighty, and say, "If you allow me to live just a few years in the second half of the 20th century, I will be happy."

     Now that's a strange statement to make, because the world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around. That's a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding.

     Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, whether they are in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; or Memphis, Tennessee -- the cry is always the same: "We want to be free."

            And the cry still is the same.

     Last night in President Obama’s farewell address he said:
     “Hearts must change.

     “For white Americans, it means acknowledging that the effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn’t suddenly vanish in the ’60s; that when minority groups voice discontent, they’re not just engaging in reverse racism or practicing political correctness; when they wage peaceful protest, they’re not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment that our founders promised.”

     He quoted Atticus Finch and said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
     The President said, “Show up, dive in, and stay at it.”

     So, let’s accept the challenge and show up at the mountain. Let’s start by walking around in Dr. King’s skin for a little while. Let’s worship God, together, in the Beloved Community. Let’s sing, and dance, and pray for changed hearts this Sunday night.

     Let’s dive in and be the face of equal treatment.
     And let’s stay at it all year long.  

     Maybe we’ll hear the voice of the Almighty echoing off the mountaintop:
     “And what age would you like to live in?”

     Me? I will be happy with showing up in 2017.
     It’s just fine with me.

            Grace & Peace,

            Scott

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