Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This is the holiday we celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who “brought hope and healing to America.” While we honor his legacy, we also honor the values he lived and taught us—courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, service, and forgiveness. (To find out more about the meaning of the MLK holiday, go to the King Center web site.)
I read the excerpt below the other day, and Dr. King’s hit me right now. Although, it’s partly about not fearing death, I took his words as words of hope–words that encourage us not to fear what may be ahead of us. And hope is a good thing to have right now.
from Dr. King’s speech “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop,” given on the eve of a protest march for striking garbage workers in Memphis, Tennessee. On April 3, 1968, King gave this darkly prescient speech. The next day he was assassinated.
Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
Make it a week of kindness, hope, and courage. Make it a great week.