Isn’t it nice that we celebrate Love in the middle of Black History Month?
Hello Friends, as Valentine’s Day approaches, also remembering Black History Month, please remember the “Beloved Community” spoken of by my Uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and my Dad, his brother, Rev. A. D. King.
In his 1963 sermon, Loving Your Enemies, published in his book, Strength to Love, Dr. King addressed the role of unconditional love in struggling for the beloved Community. ‘With every ounce of our energy we must continue to rid this nation of the incubus of segregation. But we shall not in the process relinquish our privilege and our obligation to love. While abhorring segregation, we shall love the segregationist. This is the only way to create the beloved community.”
One expression of agape love in Dr. King’s Beloved Community is justice, not for any one oppressed group, but for all people. As Dr. King often said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” He felt that justice could not be parceled out to individuals or groups, but was the birthright of every human being in the Beloved Community. I have fought too long hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concerns,” he said. “Justice is indivisible.”
In a July 13, 1966 article in Christian Century Magazine, Dr. King affirmed the ultimate goal inherent in the quest for the Beloved Community: “I do not think of political power as an end. Neither do I think of economic power as an end. They are ingredients in the objective that we seek in life. And I think that end or that objective is a truly brotherly society, the creation of the beloved community.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Do something different for Valentine’s Day – remember life…
February 6th, 2010
Marriage, life and family…
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and to all the happy married couples, kudos and mucho love… To the engaged couples, much love to you too. Prayers for success of every marriage, and marriages to be!
This Valentine’s Day, say a prayer for the babies, and remember that the rose is also a symbol of life…
Yours truly will celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Christian Marriage and Family event. For me, the marriage battle extends to the next generations, our children and our grandchildren. We must fight to help them have stable marriages. Be there to support our children and grandchildren in their marriages. Love them and their spouses. And when the babies come… Be a loving support to the families of the next generations to come…
Morning Meditation: seeking to be a more effective prolife witness
February 9th, 2010
In seeking to be a more effective prolife witness, it came to my attention today, for yet another time in my life, that I must remove the beam from my eye before I can even consider a mote in someone else’s eye. I was reading Proverbs 8: 12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. 13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
In our quest in advancing the culture of life, as we seek to impact policy, moving the nation and the world back to God, seeking repentance first for ourselves and then others, I realized once again that it starts in my life first… I must first recognize and hate the evil in me, in my thoughts, my heart and my deeds… Then, once God is allowed to show me my sins, convict my own heart, then, with true repentance, I can look upon others with mercy and compassion. They too may be plagued with pride and arrogance, and now, as I become a trembling example of a life brought low, humbled by God’s presence, God’s grace can shine through me, drawing others to repentance of a life that still needs to embrace the sanctity of life… We must take the beams out of our eyes, so to speak, before we can be humble enough to want to help others be rid of the motes in their eyes. Then, and only then, can we begin to see life more clearly; as pitiful little ones, needing ABBA CREATOR to help us grow… Peace and love to all! Alveda