Martin Luther King Day: motivation for reform

By Blogger Linda Ross

This past year marked the culmination of a 15 plus year effort to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.  The dedication of his 4 acre, $120 million dollar (privately funded) memorial on the edge of the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. happened in August.  It’s theme was taken from a speech King made in Washington, “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”

Sculptor Lei Yixin in front of his sculpture, Stone of Hope

King’s faith motivated his life quest for equality and reform of social injustice.  At one point in his book, “Strength to Love”, he focused on a text from the Bible, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  With this reminder that a change in our lives begins with a change in our thinking, he quoted Tomas Jefferson’s admonishment to safeguard our thought, “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

As today we are celebrating the clarity of purpose and courage King exemplified, I would like to close my post with the ending passage from his sermon, “Our God is Able”:

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a great benign Power in the universe whose name is God, and he is able to make a way out of no way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.  This is our hope for becoming better men.  This is our mandate for seeking to make a better world.”

Linda Ross is a Christian Science Practitioner living in Connecticut.


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3 responses to “Martin Luther King Day: motivation for reform

  1. Colette & jeff Read

    Interesting and we like particularly that you ended with the passage from his sermon, “Our god is Able” it is so beautiful
    Colette and Jeff

  2. Love the post, love the quotes. Thank you!

  3. So glad all of you appreciate MLK’s work, I’ve certainly enjoyed learning more about his significant contributions.

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