A Knock at Midnight

On February 4, 1968, these resounding words were heard at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia:
If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long... Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school.

...Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.  I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.  And that's all I want to say.
Today, we honor the man who so eloquently spoke those words. We honor his memory, his trials, his triumphs, and his accomplishments. The Dreamer who dared to speak out against injustice. Who dared to trod into hostile and violent territories for equality. Who dared to come to the aid of the helpless. Who dared to preach hope for the hopeless.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered many speeches and sermons. Certainly, his words will be forever enshrined in print, audio, and even electronic materials. I Have a Dream, Beyond Vietnam, How Long Not Long, are only a few titles was well known speeches and sermons delivered by Dr. King. All inspiring with a cutting edge. But, as I think about the world in which we now live - some 82 years after his birth - there is one speech by Dr. King is both timely and powerful.

In listening to the words of the speech,  I could not help but think  how quickly we are to turn our backs or be critical of those who go against the grain to make a difference. I could not help but think of how much Dr. King was hated by both Black and white folks. And how he was labeled by so many as a trouble maker. Then I could not help but to think of our President.  How discouraged he must feel sometimes with the ugly and vindictive words thrown at him at almost every turn. How even his most staunch supporters two years ago are so eager to criticize him and turn a blind eye when he needs us the most. And I wonder just how many "knocks at midnight" he receives for just trying to do the right thing!

Today, as we honor the life of Dr. King, let us also pray for our President for he - like Dr. King - is only "down here trying to do what's right".

Much Obliged, Very Much Obliged... SjP


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