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Remember to Dream

MLK-600More than remembering his name or his birthdate, each year I am challenged to remember the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  To be sure, it is God’s dream for humanity (Second Corinthians 5.11-21). Prophet and pastor, Dr. King is unmatched in his challenge to America’s citizens to be reconciled to one another.  Echoing God, it is a call to sit down at a table, to look into each other’s eyes, to share in what sustains us.  A minister of reconciliation, it is a dream that must come to fruition or our daily living will remain a nightmare.

There is no end to the number of wounds that we inflict upon each other.  The nightly news is to be avoided if you want to have a good night’s rest as we would certainly toss and turn after reports of police brutality, community unrest, political bickering, acts of terrorism and hate speech after hate speech.

We need to dream for the days are dark and life has become antagonistic.  It is indeed a fight to believe in all that is good and pure and true.  It can prove difficult to think on things that are praiseworthy (Philippians 4.8).  But, remember to dream.

This is a call for eyes open, out of bed, no pajamas or pillow dreaming.  This is not to be confused with the recitation of King’s dream but it should come from our minds and our mouths. While we are watching and praying, we must remember to dream for to dream is to hope and to believe.

Long live the King!

kingToday, I remember the birth of a preacher.  I know that persons will hail him has a civil rights icon.  But, I, along with so many others, have not forgotten that he stood behind a pulpit and fought not for civil rights but declared the truths that must be practiced if the kingdom of God is to come to earth.  Reducing his words and ministry to legislation would be a travesty.  No, he came to give us sight, the vision of how God sees us– equally.

God created human beings, no one more or less than the other.  It is not God that needs convincing as God knew who He created and why.  King came to remind us that we are created equally and until we get it, there will be others.

King’s dream was actually God’s first.  He was repeating the prophets of old.  And this repetition reminded them of where they were headed and now reminds us of how far we have to go, still more chaos than community.  This dream of mutual respect and understanding, of unassigned seating at “the table of brotherhood” reminds me that we are not awake, not fully aware of who we really are.  It is my prayer that we might wake up from the nightmare of race and its progeny that we might live in Love and in so doing never die.

King’s dream was God’s first because it has outlived him and yet, he lives in the hearts and minds of those of us who strive to be reconciled to each other.  Long live the King!