On this day we recognize the reconciling work of Dr. King. I stop the busyness of my morning to reflect on the meaning and purpose of Dr. King’s message to the world. I am particularly struck by his perseverance in the face of adversity and his faith that God would indeed use him as a transformational voice in a broken world.
Today, we find ourselves in a place where we need to hear, once again, a transformational voice in a broken world. What I see on social media and hear in the news are cries for leaders to step up and lead the change we so desperately need. Only, darkness cannot drive out darkness. Hate cannot drive out hate. The storms that are brewing spew words of darkness and hate. Where are the words of light that will break into the center of the storm and calm the skies?
The answer is so simple.
It lies within us, each one of us. Change begins with one voice. Change begins with one voice believing that the Holy Spirit is at work in that voice to be a reconciling and transforming agent for all of creation. It is a voice that values all people. It is a voice that builds up instead of tearing down.
This is the way the world is reformed.
Sadly, the world began to believe again that some people are more holy than other people, that some people have more power than other people, that freedom is something we possess.
This is simply not true.
We are called today to remember what really is true.
Remember the power of Love within us that values each person as a beloved child of God. Remember the power of Love is the only power that conquers hate. Remember that freedom is a gift of God, the only gift that frees us from the power of the world.
So, today is not an ordinary day of hope. It is an extraordinary day of hope as we stop and remember a beloved child of God, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who believed in the power of Love to transform the world; who used the gift of freedom as a reconciling agent in the world; who led others to believe in the power of this Love.
How will you let the power of Love lead you? Is it just another holiday or another day off to finish projects at the house? Or will you let the Light inside of you be freed from the fear and hate of the world?
It is not just an ordinary day of hope.
This is my prayer today for you and for the world.
(c) 2017 Rev. Lil Smith