Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hear the Words,

Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I was ready to give up.

In this state of exhaustion

When my courage was all gone,

I decided to take my problem to God

I am here

Taking a stand

For what I believe, is right

But now I am afraid

I am at the end of my powers

I have nothing left.”

(pause)

Hear the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“But I said,

I have labored in vain

I have spent my strength for nothing

And vanity.”

(pause)

At that moment,

I experienced the presence of the Divine

As I had never experienced God before

STAND UP for righteousness

STAND UP for truth

God will be at your side,

Forever.”

It is too light a thing

That you should be my servant

I will give you as a light to the nations

That my salvation may reach

To the end of the earth.

(pause)

Where have YOU

Heard the voice

Of the Creator God

Speaking to YOU?

When where you challenged

To be that LIGHT

In this world?

That is,

What Epiphany

Is about.

The manifestation

The revealing

Of God’s Holiness

Into our reality.

(pause)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,

Heard this voice,

Clearly at a time

When his people,

My people

Were thrust

Into a darkness

Evolved from malevolence

And humanity’s inability to live

And exude

God’s Grace and Mercy,

Given to US

Through Jesus

(pause)

Dr. King

Because of faith,

Is one of many examples

Many voices

Of what being a servant

Means,

What a Servant of God means

To continually be rooted

In this

LIGHT

Of

God!

To continually

Preach

Proclaim

Witness

About

Liberation!

(pause)

This is what Jesus Christ’s birth,

What we were waiting for

LIBERATION.

Liberation from the inequality

Of life, manifested by humanity’s greed

That these ancient sisters and brothers

In faith

Were overwhelmed

Living in the shadow

Of an Empire

Which was unforgiving

Unrelenting

(pause)

Liberation

Is what our brother John,

Proclaimed

“HERE,

Here is the Lamb of God,

Who takes away

The SIN..”

Of US, beloved!

(pause)

This is what our brother Martin

Was fighting for,

LIBERATION

From

Inequality of one’s humanity,

That they were no longer seen as

3/5ths of a human

Injustice from the lack of,

Of being denied,

Even though God, Our Creator

Through our birth,

Marked as God’s Children,

Denies no one.

(pause)

LIBERATION,

Is what the prophet

In Isaiah, too

Was striving towards for

The Children of God.

(pause)

It seems that humanity has not ever,

Learned its lesson.

Throughout our history,

Our collectively journey,

The voices of those trapped,

Whether it be because of poverty,

Or war,

Or hunger

Or illness

Have ALWAYS been crying out

For Justice

For Peace

FOR GOD TO ANSWER PRAYER

For some sign that the Creator has not abandoned them.

For their lives,

Our lives

To be seen as essential

Vital

WORTHY!

(pause)

And when the people cry out,

This is when the servants of God stand up!

John clearly lived into that role,

John proclaimed

Heralded

The coming of the WORD MADE FLESH

“After me,

Comes a man

Who ranks ahead of me

Because He was before me.”

John,

Even though he would suffer greatly,

Was rooted as a servant.

Did he wonder,

While imprisoned

Whether his living

Was in vain?

Whether was his ministry

Nothing but a failure

Since actually being submissive to God,

And following God’s commandments

Was deemed trivial

And only done on surface,

And for appearance

By elites,

Who were bent on holding to their human made power

And greed.

When Dr. King was imprisoned

In the Birmingham Jail

Did he too, wonder

Whether all of his protests

For equality

For justice

Against racism

Against violence

Towards freedom

Was in Vain?

(pause)

When we,

As children of God

As servants of the Most High God

Are not afraid,

To raise our voices

Singing

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah

To lock arm in arm

Walking down streets

Over bridges

Into places of power,

Advocating for

Peace,

Striving for Hope

Demanding

That we care for,

The poor,

The disenfranchised

The widows

Elders

Unemployed

Formerly incarcerated

The forgotten,

KNOWING that sometimes

Our voices are cut off,

Our mobility ceased

Our causes drowned in seas of human greed

Do we think,

That our ministry

That our mission,

Is all in vain?

(pause)

I sound like a broken record, right

But there is BROKENNESS in this world

When humanity gets in the way,

Of God’s Grace,

And Goodness

And Love

And TRANSFORMATIVE POWER

There will always be disparity.

(pause)

But we must,

As people of faith

HEAR the GOOD NEWS

“Yet surely my cause is with the LORD,

And my reward with my GOD”

HEAR the GOOD NEWS!

The Lord lifted me out of the desolate pit

The Lord put a new song in my mouth,

A song of praise to our God”

When we PRAISE our CREATOR

When we profess and proclaim what God has done,

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit,

We infect those all around us!

The Good News of Jesus Christ is

The WAITING IS OVER!

JESUS CHRIST IS HERE,

To baptize us with the Holy Spirit-

Not just so we have the assurances,

That we will be with God ever after,

But that God indeed, does walk with US,

As we do God’s Work

Standing with US in our fight for justice

Loving US regardless

(pause)

I wanted to share a part of Dr. King’s letter from a Birmingham Jail,

That challenges us today,

But his voice, is no different from our brother John,

Or Paul

Or Martin Luther

Or Bonhoeffer

“Wherever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being ‘disturbers of the peace’ and ‘outside agitators.’ But they went on with the conviction that they were a ‘colony of heaven’ and had to obey God rather than man…. The contemporary Church is so often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the archsupporter of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the Church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the Church’s silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are.”

Thanks Be to God.

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