Today I read Martin Luther Kings I Have a Dream speech and Letter from Birmingham Jail. I have to say it was so inspirational it literally transended time and went straight to my heart. God granted that man with a gift for speaking and writing that I could only dream of having. He was a lyrical genius the things he wrote had a cantor and a melodious undertones. He took God’s word and promises and applied them to his everyday life in a way I have never seen in modern times. Short of Billy Graham. This man is one of the most revered political figures of our time but he was not a political figure at all he was a mouth piece for the Lord and his agenda. He said "Now is the time to make real the promises of Democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood." "Again and again we must rise to majestic heights to meeting physical force with soul force." "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 its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal." "…and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see together."
Oh my goodness I have goosebumps these are just excerpts from that speech but so deeply profound and relavant to today’s times. In a letter he wrote to eight Alabama clergymen he stated "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly." "…sin is seperation. Isn’t segregation an existential expression of man’s tragic seperation, an expression of his awful estrangement, his terrible sinfullness?" Martin Luther King was a great man of faith and fought to right wrongs in the world. He wanted equality for all people no matter of color or creed, religious afflilation, rich or poor. He stood on the bible as his foundation and led with his heart. He has insprired me and I am sure countless others. Lets not forget to put aside or judgements and prejudices and open our hearts to all of God’s people. He has a purpose for each life and maybe if we take a page from that of Martin Luther King and coutnless other heroes who have championed for God, maybe then we could truly make a differnce and shine for Christ.

A cute memory

The other day Lily said mom God made me brown, I said yeah he did and then she said and he made you purple. I said no I am white and she said I don’t like white you are purple. 🙂 Man she is soooo cute.

Fixing it.

I find myself in a place a lot where all I want to do is fix it. I have this yearning for peace in my life and in all the lives of the people I love. I just want to fix it, make the hurt go away, be held or hold till all the tears are gone and right the wrong. My heart longs for solutions to the conflict that touches my life and the lives around me. For myself I would love to decrease the physical distance between Gus and I and to be close and find the familiar in our love. I want to be 100% motivated in my schooling every day. I want to know how to calmly and with grace handle every parenting moment and be the best mom ever. I find myself making more missteps than walking on the path where I think I "should" be. I am realistic that I am impatient in regards to these things and that mistakes are part of life and learning but, with that being said how can I be better every day and show my love and forgiveness in a greater capacity. How do I control the factors that make my eyes fill with tears because of my failures. And, furthermore how do I ease the pain of those around me that I hold so close to my heart. My empathy runs deep and I feel like if I could just say the right thing pray harder or just listen that it will alleviate the pain and yuck that has to be worked through to get to the other side. Realistically that is so not possible but I wish it was I have learned so many lessons from the yuck but all of those lessons came with gut wrenching pain, life time consequences and many many tears. Lord, please help me to understand and hold tight to your truths and to understand that all things can work for good and that your hands are in it. Everyday is a day to process, heal, forgive, and move beyond help me embrace that and to continue on the path that has been moving me closer to the goals I have set for my life and that I hope will lead Lily to be the woman you purposed her to be. With unwavering faith and integrity. Thanks Lord for your unconditional love.