“Take the first step in faith.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just the first step.”
*Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today, as we observe the birthday of Dr. King, shall we reflect on his words? He wore many hats in this lifetime, pastor, activist, humanitarian, leader, believer. He believed that people could be better. He had faith that they would be better. In one of his most famous, and probably most often quoted speeches he spoke of this faith. He delivered his ‘I have a dream’ speech in Washington D.C. in 1963. Over fifty years later his words are still a call to action.
“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of it’s creed:
‘We hold these truths to be self~evident: that all men are created equal.’
…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today. That one day… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.”
Dr. King didn’t live to see our nation elect Barack Obama, as our first African American president, but he spoke to the possibility. His words carry the weight of promise and faith. His dream has become a reality for some, even as we continue to struggle with too many of the same issues today. Our country has it’s challenges as we journey deeper into the 21st century, but if we reach out to our fellow man with friendship in our hearts, we can overcome. With a pinch of faith, our mountains could become mole hills.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed…
Nothing will be impossible to you.”
Keep the Faith~