Monday, January 21, 2013, 2:22 PM
I'm giving this benediction, in which I have used quotations from Martin Luther King,, Jr, at a commemorative event for MLK Day:
We mark time by significant events. We mark changes in our lives by the memory of people who shape us.
Today we gather in Your presence, Eternal One, to remember a significant person who has shaped our lives, the life of the nation, and in deed the life of the world.
Dr. King reminded us that “Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
As we take steps toward justice, let us live in the faith that “unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”
As we step toward justice, remind us that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
As we step toward justice, let us take up the strategy of nonviolence which “is a powerful and just weapon … [It] cuts without wounding and ennobles the [one] who wields it. It is a sword that heals.”
As we step toward justice, let us move grounded in “the center of non-violence [where] stands the principle of love,” “[which] is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
As we step toward justice, let our hearts beat with the knowledge that “The time is always right to do what is right.”
Now as we go from this place to step toward justice, we commit ourselves to “walk in the light of creative altruism rather than in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” We go in the power of Your eternal truth. Amen.