I have a dream…

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Many have spoken or written more eloquently than I can about Martin Luther King.  I’m not going to try.  But I have a few thoughts for reflection:

Martin Luther King wrote in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail of a time when the church was not merely a thermometer taking the temperature of the culture, but a thermostat directing it.   Can we/should we seek to be that once again?  How would that begin to happen?

Martin Luther King spoke in a 1957 Christmas Sermon about the necessity of light to drive out darkness, of love to drive out hate.  Are we guilty of wasting our light?  Are you teaching the young people around you to waste their light….or to hunt darkness and hate?

Martin Luther King spoke of having a dream where our children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.  My perception is that while older leaders seek to teach and exploit new mores of racism,  many among younger Americans  no longer even see the color of another’s skin. But the second part of his dream is forgotten (by more than today’s Google icon).  Character?  What is that?  Does it really matter if a person gets their job done?   Revisiting MLK’s dream, how are you learning the first and teaching the second to a younger generation?

What about the difference of a life of one person with a dream?

Are you dreaming?  What do you do to help you have space/time/place to dream?  What is the inspiration and fuel for you?

Who are you dreaming with?  Who are you teaching to dream?

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